Fab Lab - Bay Area Discovery Museum

Fab Lab

The World’s First Early Learning Fab Lab


Fab Labs are maker spaces with digital fabrication technology such as 3-D printers, laser cutters, and vinyl cutters. Our Fab Lab is the world’s first for early learning, enabling children to intentionally build science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills through hands-on learning. Exhibit entry is free for members and included in the price of museum admission.

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What’s in the Fab Lab?

Fab Lab A: Explore the engineer design process with Rigamajig using wheels, pulleys, nuts, and bolts.
Fab Lab B: Join us for a hands-on program led by our Museum Educators. See below for times and programs.
Fab Lab C: Create tall buildings, bridges, entire cities, and more using KEVA Planks, stackable wooden planks.


Fab Lab B Open Hours

Monday – Friday: 1:30 – 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Open Studio Hours are subject to change. See our daily calendar and check the Upcoming Closed Hours below

This Week’s STEM Program:
Chain Reactions:
Children have fun learning about cause and effect by creating chain reactions using familiar materials like dominoes, marbles, rulers, and paper clips.

The Fab Lab B STEM program is designed for children ages 4 and up.

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Entry into Fab Lab B is included in the regular price of admission.

Upcoming Closed Hours

August 20 – Closed All Day
August 21 – Closed All Day


New in the Fab Lab!

The Fab Lab’s two-year anniversary was in May, and we decided this much-loved space needed a facelift to reach its full potential. We closed the doors, took everything apart, and then put it all back together again. The result? A restructured space that we’re excited to tell you about—and can’t wait for you to come see!

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Sign up for Fab Lab Camp this Summer

Join us all summer long at Fab Lab camp! Fab Fashion, Fab Lab: Robots!, and Fab Maker Lab camps are perfect for second through fourth graders looking to have an exclusive, hands-on camp experience in our maker space.

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Thank you to our generous Fab Lab supporters

Institutions

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The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood
The Hearst Foundations
Sparkfactor.org

Individuals

Anonymous
Anne Kerr & Matthew L’Heureux
The Brooks Foundation
Gwen Hinze & Ernest Chow
William H. Donner Foundation
Victoria & Phil Barret
Zoe & Scott Faber

Program Highlights