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With Plum Creek Foundation’s Support, New CADE Museum Fab Lab Fuses Tech & Tradition for K-12 STEAM Learning

With Plum Creek Foundation’s Support, New CADE Museum Fab Lab Fuses Tech & Tradition for K-12 STEAM Learning

fab lab image2The Cade Museum for Creativity+Invention has revealed its newly renovated and generously equipped Fab Lab (short for fabrication) repurposing 1500 square feet of the current facilities for teaching and for use as a maker space. The Fab Lab is funded by a gift of $25,000 from Michael Singer, a local supporter of the arts and the community, combined with a $10,000 grant from the Plum Creek Foundation.

The new Fab Lab enables the Cade Museum to offer classes, camps and programs that focus on state-of-the-art technologies combined with traditional tools and materials: computers, 3D printers and scanners, laser cutters, soldering stations, hand tools, and everyday objects. Students will build robots, design in the third dimension, blast rockets, and prototype ideas, all while growing their knowledge of STEAM-based concepts.

“The new Fab Lab is yet another manifestation of the innovation in Greater Gainesville’s DNA,” said Chamber Interim President/CEO Susan Davenport. “This Cade Museum’s history of creating new opportunities for Alachua County kids through invention, entrepreneurship and education also strengthens our region’s broadening foundation to support growth in key industries such IT, Advanced Manufacturing and others.”

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Besides this new state of the art lab, the Cade Museum also proudly unveiled the newly renovated warehouse, affectionately called “Dr. Cade’s Garage,” located on the current Museum property. A small group of Dr. Robert Cade’s Studebaker collection will eventually be housed in this space. Once the new facilities for the Cade Museum are built and open on Depot Park, scheduled for late 2016, visitors will be allowed access to the Studebaker collection as part of their paid admittance.

“The warehouse is a spectacular example of repurposing and is one more milestone in the transformation of South Main Street.  It is incredibly gratifying to see new life spring from a building that was abandoned and dilapidated,” says Phoebe Cade Miles, President of the Cade Museum Foundation Board and CEO of the Cade Museum.

Classes, camps and programs have been offered by the Cade Museum since 2012 in the Creativity Lab. The addition of the Fab Lab doubles the amount of teaching space the Museum offers. Summer classes and camps are currently listed on the Cade Museum website and some spaces are still available.

“This is an exciting time for the Cade Museum. We have been planning and preparing for a Fab Lab that would cater to students K-12 in an effort to introduce them to technologies and innovations that they will likely have at their fingertips as they enter the workforce. Not to mention the incredible opportunities it affords them to design and create just about anything they can imagine.” Says, Jennifer Denault, COO of the Cade Museum.

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