Upward Bound Math and Science Hosts FabLab

Posted on 6/12/2017 4:02:10 PM

Upward Bound Math and Science hosted the FabLab at IUPUpward Bound Math and Science is hosting the Intermediate Unit 1 FabLab this week, June 12–16, for the program’s summer scholars.

The FabLab is an 18-foot trailer that will be parked on campus and contains a ShopBot, a 3D printer and scanner, an engraver, a vinyl cutter, and a computer lab. IU1 provides an instructor and all of the materials required for each student to make one project. There are a number of projects to choose from, including speakers, night-lights, and alarm clocks. The Upward Bound students will be making their own alarm clocks this year, which is the first year for the FabLab at IUP.

Upward Bound Math and Science is a federally funded college-prep program that mentors Indiana County students towards post-secondary education. The program is aimed, at no cost, at low-income and/or first-generation college-bound students who want to pursue a college degree.

During the school year, the program serves 50 students. This summer, 32 high school students are attending the Upward Bound Math and Science Summer Residence Program. The students stay on campus for five weeks and experience a lighter version of college life. They take classes, sleep in dorms, eat in the dining hall, and use campus facilities.
Upward Bound Math and Science has been at IUP for 10 years. The national program has been in existence since 1990. It makes up one of eight programs under the TRIO “umbrella,” all of which are funded by the United States Department of Education. Currently, TRIO serves more than 800,000 students in the United States.