Cascade Fab Lab

In 2018 I was recruited to be a STEAM Coordinator for the Fab Lab makerspace at Portland Community College.  I had initially begun working on the side for them when they asked for me to set up their new CNC mill.  Working with the needs of the school setting, we created a custom enclosure for the ventilation system and enclosed the CNC with fire retardant soundproofing and a polycarbonate protective barrier.  I also created tutorial documentation to accompany the training materials for students and used the residual budget to revamp the 3d printers in the space.  In 2019 we received a grant opportunity to expand the lab to include more robotics practices, and the Fab Lab is slated to expand into a larger facility, which should yield more opportunities for future maker explorations.