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NCCU Fab Lab

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has joined the “Maker Movement.” In collaboration with the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), NCCU opened a Fabrication Laboratory, or Fab Lab, that is part of a network of such laboratories worldwide.

Background

The initiator of the project is Topper Carew, director and founder of a new Innovation and Inclusion Initiative (3i) at the MIT Media Lab. This initiative involves the design, creation and assisted implementation of Innovation Centers at a select number of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). 

  • NCCU was selected following a meeting between the Chancellor Debra Saunders-White and Dr. Clarence G. Williams, an NCCU alumni who is professor emeritus of Urban Studies at MIT and a former special assistant to MIT’s president. Dr. Williams also is founder and director of the Blacks at MIT history project.
  • NCCU is the first HBCU with a fully operating Fab Lab registered with the Fab Foundation’s global community of researchers, makers and innovators.
  • A Fab Lab is a technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention. It is a place to create, play and invent, providing stimulus for entrepreneurship. 
  • The steps for digital fabrication include research and planning; drawing or rendering of the design on a computer; establishing settings for equipment to machine or print the design; simulation of the product; and, finally, producing the product.

Opportunities presented by the NCCU Fab Lab

  • Stimulate a culture of creativity/innovation without reliance on formal coursework
  • Foster interdisciplinary projects (music, physics, math, art, textiles)
  • Collaborate with community programs to develop an interest in invention
  • Interact and share with the international Fab Lab community and other maker labs

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Advisors

  • Colin “Topper” Carew, MIT Media Lab
  • Sherry Lassiter, MIT Fab Foundation
  • Sallye Coyle, ShopBot/Fab Lab Consultant
  • Jeff Crews, Splatz Space
  • Tushar Mahale, Former Creator of a Mobile Fab Lab

For more information, please contact the Fab Lab Manager:

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Eric T. Saliim

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