VW eLab at Red Bank

The VW eLab at Red Bank is now a verified FABLab!

Philosophy

More and more, Chattanooga, Red Bank and Hamilton County are emerging as not just leaders in the Southeast, but a thoughtful, progressive force in the nation for innovation. The VW eLabs are carrying that forward.


So, imagine identifying a problem. Now imagine having the tools, materials and community members at hand, in a designated space and culture, that can help bridge the gap that often exists between classroom theory and real-world practice.


A VW eLab is a designated space in the school where we can all come to put classroom learning into applied practice. We have all kinds of cool tools that students and teachers can come use to prototype and revise solutions toward a goal.


Not only do teachers have an opportunity to demonstrate what they know, they also learn alongside students about the things they don’t. Because no one can know it all. After all, the kind of problems students will face we haven’t even thought about, yet. In the VW eLab, everyone is demonstrating the concept of lifelong learning


If you’ve never experienced it, working in a lab on longer-term projects offers opportunities for more informal discussion and relationships. The whole scene is pretty inspiring, uplifting, empowering.


Safety

Resources

Above Average Systems: Questions to Drive Critical Thinking

Lab Organization / Tom Sachs' Ten Bullets (Warning: contains 2 NSFW words about 2m in)

The Process of Making (it's not about the stuff)