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Tdh FabLab in Győr, Hungary, engaged youth at a high school event organised by the Győr Municipality

2021-12-09

The FabLab Győr, situated in the city centre, was invited to be one of the many stations that welcomed high school students during a 24-hour competition. The event “Aludj Máskor!” (Sleep another time!) was organised by the Győr Municipality on 27-28 November 2021 and brought together more than 250 young people from nine high schools who had the opportunity to participate in common activities, and apply their creativity, skills and perseverance. 

The various activities and tasks aimed to promote a healthy lifestyle and environmentally conscious thinking among youth. The event also contributes to community building by connecting youth of the city with the available youth centres and activities, as well as youth workers.  

This year’s theme of the competition was Future Labs, and our FabLab was the only digital manufacturing Lab that offers free workshops to children and youth from the city. Other stations similar to FabLab included Mobilis Science centre.  

The competition took place as a hybrid event, involving a mix of online and offline locations. The innovative space of the FabLab was one of the offline stations where groups of students would try to solve the logical thinking puzzles and tasks prepared by our team.  

Our aim was to introduce the young visitors to the available technology through gamified tasks, and to inform them about the many opportunities and workshops that they can benefit from at the FabLab. During the competition, young people could also use the digital equipment and Augmented Reality apps, as well as produce small workpieces through laser engraver and 3D printers. Using the machines was an integral part of the competition where the groups created small objects as a reward in quest for their answers. 

FabLab Győr was set up in 2020 by Terre des hommes, in partnership with Pressley Ridge Hungary Foundation. Here children and young people can bring to life their creative projects by using specialised digital and technical equipment in a safe and child-friendly environment. The prime aim is to make this modern technology available to children and youth who otherwise would not be able to access it.  

Since its opening, the FabLab has offered over 50 workshops for children and youth focusing on introducing basic concepts of technologies such as 3D design, 3D printing, Laser engraving, vinyl cutting and CNC milling technologies. During these workshops, children designed, created and produced several products while learned about the benefits of these technologies for the community at large. Over 300 children have visited and participated in at least one workshop in the FabLab.  

In this project, Tdh cooperates with various local actors, Children’s home, Family support centres, community spaces as well as schools in the city of Győr to make FabLab available to many children and young people. The cooperation with a wider range of local actors has made it possible for groups of children and youth to visit continuously the FabLab and attend workshops aimed at building both digital technological skills and social and soft skills through psychosocial activities that are carried out by our partner organisation.