Co-creating FabLab La Campana

Empowering a marginalised community in the North of Mexico

Nicole Lotz, Thomas Briony, Juan Manuel Fernandez Cardenas, Cristina Reynaga Peña, Alejandra Díaz de León Lastras, Azael Cortes Capetillo, Noe González Nieto, David Santamaría-Cid de León, Fabio López, Rafa Machado, Simon Hayhoe

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

FabLabs are a celebrated approach to formal and informal learning through making with digital fabrication tools. This paper discusses the co-creation of a FabLab with a marginalised community in Monterrey, Mexico. One of the main challenges in establishing these Maker-spaces is in sustaining the activities and community engagement on an ongoing basis. In responding to this challenge, this process focused on the empowerment of community members to make the changes they desire, either for themselves or their community. Beyond skills for making and playful engagement in STEAM learning, maker-spaces also facilitate the building of networks and partnerships, and the development of social competencies and soft skills, that are often overlooked in the process of empowerment and social mobility. Primary insights from the co-creation process of the La Campana FabLab are reported here. A Mexican higher education institution with a strong social responsibility agenda facilitated the process, securing funds and connecting project partners, locally and globally. Framing the co- creation of the FabLab with the partners was and is an ongoing process. Key factors included the donation of a safe space and tools for the community to host and run the FabLab. Establishing the role of the FabLab in the community from the participants’ point-of-view and committing to regular ongoing educational dialogue was important in forming an equitable partnership between institutions and community. Beyond the physical space, equipment and educational activities, a community architecture intervention demonstrated the large-scale impact digital fabrication could have in creating spaces shaped by and for the community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference Proceedings 2019
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester Metropolitan University
Pages1
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2019

Publication series

Name International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference Proceedings
PublisherManchester Metropolitan University

Keywords

  • FabLab
  • makerspace
  • STEM education
  • Equity
  • empowerment
  • Inclusion

Cite this

Lotz, N., Briony, T., Fernandez Cardenas, J. M., Reynaga Peña, C., Díaz de León Lastras, A., Cortes Capetillo, A., ... Hayhoe, S. (2019). Co-creating FabLab La Campana: Empowering a marginalised community in the North of Mexico. In International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference Proceedings 2019 (pp. 1). [1445] ( International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference Proceedings). Manchester: Manchester Metropolitan University.

Co-creating FabLab La Campana : Empowering a marginalised community in the North of Mexico. / Lotz, Nicole; Briony, Thomas; Fernandez Cardenas, Juan Manuel; Reynaga Peña, Cristina; Díaz de León Lastras, Alejandra; Cortes Capetillo, Azael; González Nieto, Noe; Santamaría-Cid de León, David; López, Fabio; Machado, Rafa; Hayhoe, Simon.

International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference Proceedings 2019. Manchester : Manchester Metropolitan University, 2019. p. 1 1445 ( International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference Proceedings).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Lotz, N, Briony, T, Fernandez Cardenas, JM, Reynaga Peña, C, Díaz de León Lastras, A, Cortes Capetillo, A, González Nieto, N, Santamaría-Cid de León, D, López, F, Machado, R & Hayhoe, S 2019, Co-creating FabLab La Campana: Empowering a marginalised community in the North of Mexico. in International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference Proceedings 2019., 1445, International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference Proceedings, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, pp. 1.
Lotz N, Briony T, Fernandez Cardenas JM, Reynaga Peña C, Díaz de León Lastras A, Cortes Capetillo A et al. Co-creating FabLab La Campana: Empowering a marginalised community in the North of Mexico. In International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference Proceedings 2019. Manchester: Manchester Metropolitan University. 2019. p. 1. 1445. ( International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference Proceedings).
Lotz, Nicole ; Briony, Thomas ; Fernandez Cardenas, Juan Manuel ; Reynaga Peña, Cristina ; Díaz de León Lastras, Alejandra ; Cortes Capetillo, Azael ; González Nieto, Noe ; Santamaría-Cid de León, David ; López, Fabio ; Machado, Rafa ; Hayhoe, Simon. / Co-creating FabLab La Campana : Empowering a marginalised community in the North of Mexico. International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference Proceedings 2019. Manchester : Manchester Metropolitan University, 2019. pp. 1 ( International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference Proceedings).
@inproceedings{a0e29916508441568c9d1700bf217898,
title = "Co-creating FabLab La Campana: Empowering a marginalised community in the North of Mexico",
abstract = "FabLabs are a celebrated approach to formal and informal learning through making with digital fabrication tools. This paper discusses the co-creation of a FabLab with a marginalised community in Monterrey, Mexico. One of the main challenges in establishing these Maker-spaces is in sustaining the activities and community engagement on an ongoing basis. In responding to this challenge, this process focused on the empowerment of community members to make the changes they desire, either for themselves or their community. Beyond skills for making and playful engagement in STEAM learning, maker-spaces also facilitate the building of networks and partnerships, and the development of social competencies and soft skills, that are often overlooked in the process of empowerment and social mobility. Primary insights from the co-creation process of the La Campana FabLab are reported here. A Mexican higher education institution with a strong social responsibility agenda facilitated the process, securing funds and connecting project partners, locally and globally. Framing the co- creation of the FabLab with the partners was and is an ongoing process. Key factors included the donation of a safe space and tools for the community to host and run the FabLab. Establishing the role of the FabLab in the community from the participants’ point-of-view and committing to regular ongoing educational dialogue was important in forming an equitable partnership between institutions and community. Beyond the physical space, equipment and educational activities, a community architecture intervention demonstrated the large-scale impact digital fabrication could have in creating spaces shaped by and for the community.",
keywords = "FabLab, makerspace, STEM education, Equity, empowerment, Inclusion",
author = "Nicole Lotz and Thomas Briony and {Fernandez Cardenas}, {Juan Manuel} and {Reynaga Peña}, Cristina and {Díaz de León Lastras}, Alejandra and {Cortes Capetillo}, Azael and {Gonz{\'a}lez Nieto}, Noe and {Santamar{\'i}a-Cid de Le{\'o}n}, David and Fabio L{\'o}pez and Rafa Machado and Simon Hayhoe",
year = "2019",
month = "9",
day = "3",
language = "English",
series = "International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference Proceedings",
publisher = "Manchester Metropolitan University",
pages = "1",
booktitle = "International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference Proceedings 2019",

}

TY - GEN

T1 - Co-creating FabLab La Campana

T2 - Empowering a marginalised community in the North of Mexico

AU - Lotz, Nicole

AU - Briony, Thomas

AU - Fernandez Cardenas, Juan Manuel

AU - Reynaga Peña, Cristina

AU - Díaz de León Lastras, Alejandra

AU - Cortes Capetillo, Azael

AU - González Nieto, Noe

AU - Santamaría-Cid de León, David

AU - López, Fabio

AU - Machado, Rafa

AU - Hayhoe, Simon

PY - 2019/9/3

Y1 - 2019/9/3

N2 - FabLabs are a celebrated approach to formal and informal learning through making with digital fabrication tools. This paper discusses the co-creation of a FabLab with a marginalised community in Monterrey, Mexico. One of the main challenges in establishing these Maker-spaces is in sustaining the activities and community engagement on an ongoing basis. In responding to this challenge, this process focused on the empowerment of community members to make the changes they desire, either for themselves or their community. Beyond skills for making and playful engagement in STEAM learning, maker-spaces also facilitate the building of networks and partnerships, and the development of social competencies and soft skills, that are often overlooked in the process of empowerment and social mobility. Primary insights from the co-creation process of the La Campana FabLab are reported here. A Mexican higher education institution with a strong social responsibility agenda facilitated the process, securing funds and connecting project partners, locally and globally. Framing the co- creation of the FabLab with the partners was and is an ongoing process. Key factors included the donation of a safe space and tools for the community to host and run the FabLab. Establishing the role of the FabLab in the community from the participants’ point-of-view and committing to regular ongoing educational dialogue was important in forming an equitable partnership between institutions and community. Beyond the physical space, equipment and educational activities, a community architecture intervention demonstrated the large-scale impact digital fabrication could have in creating spaces shaped by and for the community.

AB - FabLabs are a celebrated approach to formal and informal learning through making with digital fabrication tools. This paper discusses the co-creation of a FabLab with a marginalised community in Monterrey, Mexico. One of the main challenges in establishing these Maker-spaces is in sustaining the activities and community engagement on an ongoing basis. In responding to this challenge, this process focused on the empowerment of community members to make the changes they desire, either for themselves or their community. Beyond skills for making and playful engagement in STEAM learning, maker-spaces also facilitate the building of networks and partnerships, and the development of social competencies and soft skills, that are often overlooked in the process of empowerment and social mobility. Primary insights from the co-creation process of the La Campana FabLab are reported here. A Mexican higher education institution with a strong social responsibility agenda facilitated the process, securing funds and connecting project partners, locally and globally. Framing the co- creation of the FabLab with the partners was and is an ongoing process. Key factors included the donation of a safe space and tools for the community to host and run the FabLab. Establishing the role of the FabLab in the community from the participants’ point-of-view and committing to regular ongoing educational dialogue was important in forming an equitable partnership between institutions and community. Beyond the physical space, equipment and educational activities, a community architecture intervention demonstrated the large-scale impact digital fabrication could have in creating spaces shaped by and for the community.

KW - FabLab

KW - makerspace

KW - STEM education

KW - Equity

KW - empowerment

KW - Inclusion

M3 - Conference contribution

T3 - International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference Proceedings

SP - 1

BT - International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference Proceedings 2019

PB - Manchester Metropolitan University

CY - Manchester

ER -