Fab Lab is defined as a place for learning and innovation: a place to play, create, learn, mentor, and invent. To be a Fab Lab means connecting to a global community of learners, educators, technologists, researchers, makers, and innovators - a knowledge sharing network that spans 30 countries and 24 time zones. Because all Fab Labs share common tools and processes, the program is building a global network, a distributed laboratory for research and invention.
Fab Labs are being adopted by schools as platforms for project-based, hands-on STEM education. Users learn by designing and creating objects of personal interest or import. Students gain deep knowledge about the machines, the materials, the design process, and the engineering that goes into invention and innovation.