About the FabLearn Fellows Program

FabLearn Fellows groupThe FabLearn Fellows are experienced educators in formal and informal learning spaces world-wide who contribute to research about making and makerspaces in education and the development of open-source educational resources for their peers.

Despite the recent popularity of the maker movement and FabLabs in education, most teachers work in isolation, cut off from other practitioners doing similar projects, as well as learning sciences researchers. One of the main objectives of the FabLearn Fellows program is to bring researchers and practitioners together to help bridge these gaps. By connecting educators and researchers in the field, we hope the Fellows will learn from each others’ experiences, share these lessons with their local community, and together, create educational materials for use internationally.

Cohort 3 (2020-2022)

The selected Fellows represent a vast array of maker educators who are making a difference in children’s lives worldwide. They come from schools and organizations serving communities in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. They are newcomers and veterans devoted to the idea of empowering learners, immersing them in rich learning environments, and connecting educational spaces and communities. The Fellows are trying to create deep, impactful learning experiences for children, avoiding the trivialization of maker education.

FabLearn Fellows will create educational resources and participate in research aimed to increase authentic learning opportunities for youth worldwide. They will be given opportunities to expand their leadership and activities in the maker movement in education, and share their amazing ideas and projects to help other educators around the world.

Brenda Nyakoa – Kenya
Charles Pimentel – Brazil
Débora Garofalo – Brazil
Edward Bringas – United States
Federica Selleri – Italy
Greg Houghton – United Kingdom
Kristin Burrus – United States
Lars Beck Johannsen – Denmark
Lina Cannone – Italy
Lior Schenk – United States
Martin Oloo – Kenya
Michael Mumbo – Kenya

Michael Hurtado – Perú
Mouhamadou Ngom – Senegal
Nadine Abu Tuhaimer – Jordan
Nusarin Nusen – Thailand
Or Benifla – Israel
Ousia Foli-Bebe – Togo
Rafael Vargas – US/Puerto Rico
Ridhi Aggarwal – India
Safoura Seddighin – Iran
Toni Marie Kaui – United States
William “Billy” Green – United States
Xiaoling Zhang – China/Hong Kong SAR

It was a daunting task to select only 24 FabLearn Fellows from an overwhelming number of high quality applications from 44 countries. The quality of the applicant pool demonstrates the strength of the movement that is bringing project-based, constructionist, maker education to learning spaces everywhere, and the global aspirations of educators worldwide to make education better for all children.

Cohort 2 (2016)

Cohort 1 (2014)

The initial  FabLearn Fellows cohort is a diverse group of 18 talented professionals representing a range of K-12 schools, non-profits, and universities in six countries.