A couple weeks ago, I arrived in Paris, and have enjoyed discovering the city, with my husband, Craig.
The first few days we had the privilege of having our five year old grandson and his parents (my son and daughter in law) with us, so we sought out experiences that a 5 year old would also enjoy.
The next few days, Craig and I continued to explore museums, sacred places, gardens, art galleries, eateries, hot chocolate shops, neighborhoods, and "FAB LABS".
I put FAB LAB in quotes, because I started to refer to these as maker spaces, but learned that the word maker space usually refers to 'for profit' ventures, while Fab Labs tend to refer to non profit spaces who reinvest any profits back into the vision of creating a culture or community of makers learning and collaborating together. Fab Labs in Paris belong to a network of Fab Labs each with their own culture and purpose.
Our first visit was quite serendipitous. We were visiting le Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (a wonderful science museum) in Paris. We noticed the word "Fab Lab" on some of the signage. After our visit to the Robot Exhibit, the Bio-Inspire Exhibits, and other exhibits, we decided to see if we could find the "Fab Lab". Every staff member we asked gave us a puzzled look. Eventually we ended up in the basement "Level -1" and spotted the Fab Lab Door in area named "Carrefour Numerique" . You do not have to purchase a ticket to the museum to access the spaces on the lower (-1 Floor).
Unfortunately the Fab Lab was closed for a training and we were told it would be open to the public again tomorrow afternoon. But just looking at all the maker projects on display from the outside was enough to leave me feel inspired as a maker educators.
|The projects on display and visible from outside the locked door were inspiring.|
I could tell from the projects visible in the display case outside the locked door, that this is a place where I would enjoy to spend time learning, creating, and making.
But its open hours are limited. At the time I visited, here were the open hours.
Tuesday ->Thursday 15h ->18h30
Friday / Saturday 14h -> 18h30
You can learn more about the hours and how to participate on their website.
on mesh which is something I've wanted to experiment with and right in line with all theme of working with textile that I saw in this space.
Stay tuned for more post featuring Fab Lab visits from my visit to Paris.