Christian Long

Neil Garshenfeld: Fab Labs

In TED Talks on April 25, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Reflection by DAVID K.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Neil Garshenfeld:  Fab Labs

I believe the concept of “Fab Labs” should be integrated into high schools.

During Neil Garshenfeld’s ted talk he spoke of an eight year old girl from Ghana who had no computer experience prior before entering a Fab Lab makes a microchip in a matter of hours. If a little girl from Ghana can do that, what can an American high school student accomplish with their knowledge in computers and science?

A course that gives students the opportunity to create something at a young age is exponentially more valuable than other high school courses. But as Neil explained in the video spreading this idea of Fab Labs is a hard selling point to all of the government agencies. None of the Government agencies could provide financial support because it was almost “illegal” to support a program that doesn’t completely coincide with its own mission statements.

Empowering over 70 million high school students with the ability to change their lives will motivate them to take more pride in learning and going to school. If kids took more pride in what they get to learn at school in twenty years there would be less Americans who are unmotivated and would rather just live their lives on wealth-care. Kids that face the aspect of problem solving prepares them for the real world. Fab Labs would challenge students to be innovative and create a product that could change the world. Their products would create jobs which would ultimately make our country economically stronger.

But unfortunately our government can’t provide the opportunity of Fab Labs because it doesn’t have an agency that is allowed to fund it.

Anyway, I believe the integration of Fab Labs into our high schools would give America a step ahead of all the other countries in the world.


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