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Fab Lab Awarded $20,000 Grant from the Selby Foundation

The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab is thrilled to announce it was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation to help enhance its fabrication lab and student-led programming, propelling efforts to ignite curiosity and innovation in the community.

“We are delighted to support the essential experiential learning that takes place at the Fab Lab. This grant offers a special way to marry the Selby Foundation’s strategies that strengthen both student and nonprofit achievement,” shared Susie Bowie, President/CEO of The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation.

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Expanded summer camps provide endless fun and learning thanks in part to
Selby Foundation support.

The grant funds will help upgrade the Fab Lab with cutting-edge technology, strengthening its status as a leading hub of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education. New equipment will amplify the impact of various high school student-led programs such as Summer Camps, LEGO Robotics, RC Car competition, Rocketry Club and more. By empowering the next generation with state-of-the-art resources and technical and life skill building opportunities, students will be equipped for success in college, careers, and beyond.

The grant will also allow the Fab Lab to expand its outreach efforts with Title I schools and community organizations. Through strategic partnerships, efforts are underway to introduce a larger number of underprivileged children to the world of STEAM, fostering curiosity and exploration.

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Fab Lab college interns build tables using Selby-funded equipment upgrades.

“The magic of the Fab Lab lies in our emphasis on peer and collaborative learning,” added Ping Faulhaber, Executive Director and Co-founder of the Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab. “Thanks to support from the Selby Foundation, countless student lives will be impacted through immersive, hands-on experiences. Together, we are building a brighter future for all.”

About the Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab

The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded with the mission to inspire and support tomorrow’s innovators through experiential learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Through its fabrication lab and innovative programs, the Suncoast Science Center encourages people of all ages to explore ideas, build skills and confidence, and become lifelong learners. To learn more, visit Suncoast Science or connect with us on FacebookInstagram, YouTube and X.

Feature Photo: Rocket Science summer campers explore parts of a rocket on the Selby-funded Activpanel device.

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