Good Bye USA, Hello Berlin

This is the last post on my travels, I am writing it from my office in Berlin.

The journey is over, I had a wonderful 3 months in the United States that allowed me to get to know many parts of this great country and very many wonderful people.

The last Fab Labs I saw were the Maker Place in San Diego and the Transformative Learning Technologies Laboratory in Stanford.

The Maker Place is a commercial workshop with a great selection of tools. I just took a short Tour of the space on my way back to San Francisco.

A remarkable detail that I hadn’t seen before is a very well equipped sewing and embroidery studio with a variety of stitching machines (also computer controlled ones!)

There also are two heavy duty CNC mills for cutting metal and a full-blown metal workshop:

Some nice stuff that was made there:

A model submarine door.

A wooden motor bike.

Stanford

From their website:

“The Transformative Learning Technologies Laboratory is a multi-disciplinary group designing and researching new technologies for education. We understand new technologies not only as a way to optimize the existing educational system, but as a transformative force that can generate radically new ways of knowing and learning.”

I was not allowed to take pictures in there but it’s pretty much a Fab Lab like the others I had been to. The unique feature is that they are focused on researching the impact of Fab Labs on the education of school children.

 

Now I will go through all the material I gathered and start looking for partners and funding in Berlin!

Thanks for reading and see you soon:

Wolf