When John Coiro ’87 P’17 came to Peddie as a sophomore, he was seeking an academic challenge and a community experience.
Digital Fabrication Laboratory
Our Digital Fabrication Laboratory is a space where you can turn creative concepts into tangible innovation.
We call it the Fab Lab. It is, in fact, pretty fabulous.
The makerspace represents Peddie's commitment to STEM education and interdisciplinary learning. It's home to coursework in engineering, and mechanical design and manufacturing; and to our Robotics Team, which competes in national and international competitions. The Signature Experience in Robotics is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your understanding of robotics through a sequence of elective classes and extracurricular activities.
The Fab Lab includes:
- a design studio featuring 17 workstations loaded with computer-aided design software
- an engineering studio with professional equipment, including a CNC laser, mill, router and lathe, as well as 3D printers.
- lab tables for group work
- a spacious testing studio
The Peddie Robotics Team participates in the FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organization which uses competitive robotics as a vehicle for promoting science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources and time limits, teams build and program a large 120 lb robot to compete in an open-ended design challenge. Peddie's Robotics Team designs and builds the robot during the Winter term, and attends local and international competitions during the Spring term.
The beauty of the Fab Lab is that there aren't any limits on what you can produce. But no matter what we're making, we're working across disciplines, using industry-standard tools, and adjusting to new information and new technologies. Scott Meredith,
Digital Fabrication Lab director
Mark Sawula has been a member of Peddie's math department since 2006. Last summer, he was the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) mini-grant to continue to explore the teaching of creative coding as a way to broaden the appeal and accessibility of computer science.