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Saturday, May 6 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Implementing Social Engineering through Digital Fabrication LIMITED

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Students today are hyper aware of issues that pertain to their community and abroad. They are not only equipped to join the conversation but also be active and create solutions. With topics like homelessness, inequality, climate change and this idea of smart cities, we are able to use our fab lab to prototype projects that go beyond the classroom. Gabriel-Bello Diaz is the engineering instructor eat TAF Academy, where he has curated a space for 6th - 12th grade to explore interdisciplinary engineering. He will show examples of how to scaffold the conversation and skills as they move through the curriculum. Through combining technologies like 3D printing, micro electronics and laser cutting, students have been able to prototype like industry professionals. Topics of conversation include cultural awareness, arch-adapting, think globally act locally, fab lab culture and community engagement. Diaz looks forward to presenting the projects that have emerged from these conversations and open a dialogue on implementing them into a classroom.

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Gabriel Bello Diaz

Presenter, Technical Access Foundation Academy
Gabriel-Bello Diaz is a Puerto Rican engineering instructor at TAF Academy and founder of Efficio, a digital fabrication studio in Seattle focused on fashion. His goal with teaching is to empower students through engineering and guide them to a STEM field that they are passionate... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Ballroom D