“Fab Academy Nodes” or “Nodes” are those Fab Labs that offered or are willing to offer the Fab Academy course.
It is important to understand that, in order to offer Fab Academy, the physical space and infrastructure is as important as the people instructing the course. Fab Labs need trained people in order to offer Fab Academy and this training is the program itself. To instruct Fab Academy you need to have taken Fab Academy.
To become a Fab Academy Node you need the following requirements:
1. A PHYSICAL SPACE and the INFRASTRUCTURE:
- Internet connection (at least 1mb upload/download).
- A common space for students to work
- Access to the Fab Lab facilities for a minimum of 20 hrs per week
- All the equipment and materials of a Fab lab, listed in the Fab Inventory.
2. QUALIFIED STAFF to run the course:
- A Fab Academy Graduate
3. A STUDENTS WORKGROUP:
- New Nodes: a minimum of 3 students is mandatory.
- Nodes: a minimum of 3 students is recommended.
4. To fill the application FORM, for us to confirm the intention of any particular fab lab to run the course.
QUALIFIED STAFF REQUIREMENTS
Fab Academy is a unique educational experience, not only based on the transmission of content but also in the kind of interactions that happen between Instructors, Mentors, and Students, in a peer-driven environment. This is why the experience of having done the course once is key to be able to run the course.
So, to offer the Fab Academy program in any Fab Lab, you need a person that graduated from the course before, a Fab Academy Graduate.
According to skills and experience, an Instructor can be:
- Novice Instructor: a graduate, never instructed the course before
- Junior Instructor: instructed the course for 1 or 2 consecutive cycles
- Senior Instructor: instructed the course for 3 or more consecutive cycles
- Mentor: instructed the course for more than 3 cycles + has peer recognition as such + is an active member of the Fab Academy and Academany community
It is important to understand that the Node’s taxonomy is related to the experience of the Instructor, NOT the NODE. A physical space cannot hold experience, an Instructor can. Therefore, according to the experience of the Instructor, a Node can be:
- New Node: run by a Novice Instructor. Needs direct Support from Guru/Mentor in the Instruction and the Evaluation processes. This support is covered by Local Costs.
- Node: run by a Junior Instructor. Needs soft Support from Guru/Mentor in the Evaluation processes. This support is covered by Central Costs.
- Expert Node: Stand alone Instructor, no extra support mandatory.
NODE’S APPLICATION PROCESS
- All Fab Labs fill the form to become a Fab Academy NODE.
- Node’s applications will be reviewed by Supernodes in order to assess their suitability to offer the program > Application does not mean Acceptance automatically.
- Fab Labs will receive written confirmation of participation and will be added to the listed of active Nodes on the website and the student’s application form.
- MOU (Memorandum of Understanding): Fab Labs will receive an MOU stating the basic requirements of the program, and the responsibilities and roles of the local team; which they must send back signed in a period of 1 week.
INSTRUCTOR’S APPLICATION PROCESS
Once the Nodes filled their application and are accepted to run the course, their Instructors may be asked to undergo an application process to assess their skills and decide the level of “independence” to face the course alone.
- Instructors must also fill a form sent by Coordination
- To fill this application Instructors will be asked to submit a Motivation letter. This letter should include some relevant and interesting insights about yourself, your technical skills, to prove that you are motivated. It must also include your Teaching Philosophy Statement.
- Mentors will review the Instructor Application to assess their suitability to offer the program > Application does not mean Acceptance automatically.
- Mentors may require extra information or documents to ensure all the requirements are met, and may also require a personal Interview (Via online conference)
- Mentors will advise on the status of the Instructor and the need or not for extra support.
- MOU (Memorandum of Understanding): Upon acceptance, Instructors will receive an MOU stating the basic requirements of the program, which they must send back signed.
STUDENT’S APPLICATION PROCESS
- Applicants apply to the listed Nodes by filling the online form.
- Once Central Coordination starts receiving the applications, we forward them to the selected and accepted Nodes for their consideration.
- The Nodes must contact the Applicant to assess if they are fit to the program and give feedback to Central Coordination within 2 weeks.
- Central Coordination sends the Acceptance letters to applicants in monthly batches and attaches the payment instructions for confirming the application.
- Once the Applicant received an Acceptance letter and pays the deposit, then he/she becomes a Student.
FAB ACADEMY TUITION FEES
The Fab Academy tuition fees are variable. The price is comprised by Central Costs and Local Costs.
Central costs are fixed: 2500$/€
Local Costs are variable, decided by the Node. Nodes can calculate how much the local costs are and add this price to the central cost. The local cost must cover materials, operations, access to facilities and instruction.
European Fab Labs can apply 1:1 conversion into Euros or the fixed exchange rate at the moment of the application.
More info here.
COST BREAKDOWN STRUCTURE
Tuition fees cover both local and global expenses, cost breakdown explained at the Fab Academy website.
From this year on, all the payments from students will go through Central Administration. Students will not pay tuition fees to Local Labs or Intermediaries.
In addition, all payments will be done via FLYWIRE payment platform.
Reimbursements of Local Costs will be done in 2 installments:
- 50% of local costs in early-March, after every student has paid the corresponding fees, according to the payment deadline (70% of fees before mid-January). Local Labs must send an invoice to Central Administration between the 1st – 5th of February.
- 50% of local costs in mid-September, after every student has paid full fees. Local Lab must send an invoice to Central Administration in late July.
Fab Academy 2017 Nodes list
Fab Academy 2018 Nodes list