The Phoenix, June 22, 2017


Richmond Fab Lab at Kennedy High, 4300 Cutting Blvd.

A Fab Lab (or fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering personal digital fabrication – true project-based learning! Community members as well as students and teachers can create new products using fab lab equipment. Fab Labs are equipped with an array of flexible computer controlled tools and various materials, with the aim to make “almost anything”.
The Fab Lab program was started in the Media Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a collaboration between the Grassroots Invention Group and the Center for Bits and Atoms, broadly exploring how a community can be powered by technology at the grassroots level. The fab lab concept also grew out of a popular class at MIT named “How To Make (Almost) Anything.”

Fab labs have spread from inner-city Boston to rural India, from South Africa to the North of Norway, and now to WCCUSD. Activities in fab labs range from technological empowerment to peer-to-peer project-based technical training to local problem-solving, to small-scale high-tech business incubation to grass-roots research. Projects being developed and produced in fab labs include solar and wind-powered turbines, thin-client computers and wireless data networks, analytical instrumentation for agriculture and healthcare, custom housing, and rapid-prototyping of machines.

WCCUSD is the first public school system on the West Coast to develop a Fab Lab. The establishment of Fab Lab Richmond has been funded by a generous grant from Chevron to the Fab Foundation. The Fab Lab is housed at Kennedy High School. More info here!


Thursday, July 6th (10am – 2pm)
Saturday, July 8th (10am – 2pm)
Tuesday, July 11th (10am – 2pm)
Thursday, July 13th (10am -2pm)
Tuesday, July 18th (10am – 2pm)
Thursday, July 20th (10am-2pm)
Tuesday, July 25th (10am-2pm)
Thursday, July 27th (10am – 2pm)
Wednesday, August 23rd (2pm – 6pm)
Wednesday, August 30th (2pm – 6pm)


San Francisco-based Center for Asian American Media is now accepting applications from Muslim American youth (ages 12-18) for our free Muslim Youth Voices Project (MYVP) summer filmmaking workshops. The workshops will be led by Sundance Award-winning filmmaker Musa Syeed and will be held in Dallas, Texas (July 20-26, 2017) and in Portland, Oregon (July 30-August 5, 2017). Apply by June 24, 2017. Applicants will be notified in the first week of July. Muslim Youth Voices Project is CAAM’s national initiative that supports media making from a new generation of storytellers. Click here for more information on the initiative.



Registration packets will be mailed home in July and include information about the on-site registration that takes place during the second week of August. The information covers textbooks, student ID, after school program, lunch, PE, and more.

Tuesday, August 8 — 7th graders
Wednesday, August 9 — 8th graders
Thursday, August 10 — Anyone who could not make the first two days.

If you cannot make it during our official registration days, please come to the Main Office the week following 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

For all 3 days, the schedule is as follows:

9 a.m.: Last names starting with A-H
10 a.m.: Last names starting with I-Q
11a.m.: Last names starting with R-Z

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