Imagine yourself 6 years ago, with a huge amount of money and the mission to create a disruptive University. In the context of Brazil, with traditional universities based on theoretical courses, the meaningful and innovative approach was to design a project-based learning environment where the future engineers could build hard skills as well as soft skills through creativity, experience, and collaboration. In 2014, this project came to life under the name of Insper, with at its heart, one of the first Fablab in Brazil and the first in a Brazilian university.
The objective of this makerspace was to enable fast-prototyping to apply the FabLearn Labs methodology: “do it, discover the theory, then do it again”. Among the several other laboratories of the school (chemistry, physics, material sciences..), the Fablab aims to provide digital tools to make tangible products and to develop an entrepreneurship spirit.
5 years later, the makerspace is about to be transformed: its success and the new strategy of the university which propels more multi-disciplinary projects made in the lab launched a new chapter in the story of the space which will take place in a new environment. Located in another building of the school, it will benefit from twice the space with twice the amount of technologies and materials. However, its values remain the same (respect, collaboration, knowledge sharing and open-minded) to fulfill its missions for 2019 :
- increase the number of projects
- work closer than before with teachers to provide a higher quality of support to students
- become a key partner for students association development
- increase its participation in the Fablab network