Logistics

TRANSPORTATION

Click to see airportlodgingmaps, and general visitor information.

Conference events will take place in the CERAS (Center for Education Research at Stanford) building. Using GoogleMaps it can be located with the address: 520 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305. (Within GoogleMaps use ‘Galvez Street’ not ‘Galvez Mall’).

Uber and Lyft

These are both good options for getting on and off campus, but you need to make sure you give the driver the address “520 Galvez Street, Stanford CA, 94305” for the CERAS building. – otherwise their GPS systems get lost on on-campus streets.

Caltrain

Caltrain is the commuter rail line that runs on the San Francisco Peninsula. To reach Stanford get off at Palo Alto Station.

Keep in mind that on weekends, the Caltrain only runs once every hour in each direction, and the earliest you will reach the Palo Alto Station is around 8:30am (traveling northbound) or 9:20 (traveling southbound).

You can find the Caltrain weekend schedule here. You can find the Caltrain weekday schedule here.

Stanford Marguerite Shuttle

The Marguerite Shuttle is Stanford’s free campus bus system. It can be used to travel from the Palo Alto Caltrain Station to CERAS.

(Note: The X and Y have the same route, but go in opposite directions, so it’s faster to take the Y line to reach CERAS, and the X to leave it. The N and O are night versions of the X and Y.)

Unfortunately, the only buses that run on weekends are the SE, N and O.

You won’t be able to take any of these to CERAS in the morning unless you’re okay with being late (the first SE arrives near CERAS around 10am).

To leave CERAS at the end of the day on the SE or the N:

  • The N will take you to Palo Alto Caltrain Station.
  • The SE heading for the “Stanford Shopping Center” will take you to Palo Alto Caltrain Station (good if you’re staying at the Cardinal, Sheraton or in downtown Palo Alto).
  • The SE heading for “San Antonio Shopping Center” will take you to the Zen and Dinah’s.

Parking

There is an underground parking garage near the CERAS building. You can navigate to the garage entrance using the address 560 Wilbur Way, Stanford, CA 94305. The CERAS building is a 5 minute walk away.

Driving in (on your own or as part of a carpool) may be a good idea for Saturday and Sunday events.

Stanford requires permits for its on-campus lots. Visitors may park in lots or spaces designated with a green “P” or an “E” sign. Weekend and holiday parking is normally free.

Walking

CERAS is a pleasant 30-minute walk away from the Palo Alto Caltrain station. Particularly if this is your first time to Stanford, you may want to walk to CERAS in the mornings: this will let you see some of the campus on foot while the traffic and heat are still minimal.

 

 

 

 

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ARCHIVED SUBMISSION INFORMATION

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Submissions for FabLearn Conference 2017 are now closed.

FabLearn 2017 invites submissions for its seventh annual conference, to be held on October 21-22, 2017 at Stanford University. The conference theme in 2017 is: Creating a Sustainable Ecosystem for Making in Education.”

FabLearn is a venue for educators, policy-makers, students, designers, researchers, students, and makers to present, discuss, and learn about digital fabrication in education, the maker culture, and hands-on, constructionist learning. We are seeking submissions for:

  • Research Papers (full and short papers)
  • Demos (projects, curricula, software, or hardware)
  • Workshops (demonstrating fabrication tools, skills, and techniques to conference attendees)
  • Student Showcase (for elementary to high-school students to show their projects or share rich learning experiences)
  • Educator Submissions (for educators to share best practices & curricula, experiences, and visions)

Accepted full and short papers appear in the Proceedings of FabLearn 2017, which will be published and indexed in the ACM Digital Library. All other accepted submissions will be citable and will be made available and archived on the conference website.

Deadlines

  • Full papers, Short Papers, and Demos are due by July 31st, 2017, by 11:59 pm (Pacific Daylight Time). Decisions will be sent in the thirdirst week of August.
  • Workshops, Educator Submissions, and Student Showcase are also due by July 31st, 2017 by 11:59 pm (Pacific Daylight Time). Decisions will be sent in the third week of August.

Submissions website

We use the EasyChair conference submission system: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fl2017

Types of Submissions

RESEARCH PAPERS: FULL

For researchers to present current and future projects in the realm of digital fabrication, hands-on science and engineering, and making in educational settings. Acceptance will be based on full paper contributions that report original work that has not been previously published. The paper must identify and cite published work relevant to the paper topic. It should explain how the work builds on previous contributions and should indicate where and why novel approaches have been adopted. Papers should stress the importance of the submission to the digital fabrication/makers/hands-on learning communities.

While adherence to the conference theme (Creating a Sustainable Ecosystem for Making in Education) is not mandatory, it is highly recommended.

Submission/presentation guidelines:

  • Presentation: Oral presentation during the Research Panel
  • Page limit: 8 pages
  • Format: Within the 2017 ACM Master Article Template, use the ACM_SigChi format  (www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template)
  • Submissions via EasyChair by July 31, 2017, by 11:59 pm (PDT)

RESEARCH PAPERS: SHORT

For researchers to present current and future projects in the realm of digital fabrication, hands-on science and engineering, and making in educational settings. Acceptance will be based on submissions that report original work that has not been previously published. Authors are encouraged to demonstrate work in progress and late-breaking research results that show the latest innovative ideas. We invite presentation of ongoing work and preliminary results, by experienced academics as well as young researchers and designers. Short papers are not expected to include as through a literature review as full papers, but should include some details on methods and analysis as well as initial results Papers should stress the importance of the submission to the digital fabrication/makers/hands-on learning communities. At the conference, authors of accepted short papers will participate in a ‘madness’ session, giving a very quick overview of their work. This will be followed by a poster session where they will have the opportunity to speak with attendees about their work.

While adherence to the conference theme (Creating a Sustainable Ecosystem for Making in Education) is not mandatory, it is highly recommended.

Submission/presentation guidelines:

  • Presentation: Structured poster sessions with short (1-3 min) presentation + poster time with facilitated question & answer session. (5-10 posters per grouping)
  • Page limit: 4 pages
  • Format: Within the 2017 ACM Master Article Template, use the ACM_SigChi format  (www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template)
  • Submissions via EasyChair by July 31, 2017, by 11:59 pm (PDT)

DEMOS

For developers, entrepreneurs, and educators to showcase new digital fabrication tools, hands-on learning platforms, construction kits applicable to education, and student projects. At the conference, authors of demos will participate in a ‘madness’ session, giving a very quick overview of their work. This will be followed by the demo session where they will have the opportunity to demonstrate their product or project. Your submission should contain a detailed description of the product or project being demonstrated, an explanation of its importance to the digital fabrication/makers/hands-on learning communities, and any power or space needs.

While adherence to the conference theme (Creating a Sustainable Ecosystem for Making in Education) is not mandatory, it is recommended.

Submission/presentation guidelines:

  • Presentation: Poster and demo table during the demo/poster session
  • Page limit: 4 pages. You may include pictures and links for one or two videos as well.
  • Format: Use the FabLearn Demo Submission Template (Google Doc: https://goo.gl/y2Ydb1). Remember to submit in PDF format (you may need to reduce the file size of the PDF to submit to EasyChair).
  • Submissions via EasyChair by July 31, 2017, by 11:59 pm (PST)

WORKSHOPS

For educators and designers to lead a workshop for conference attendees demonstrating digital fabrication and/or hands-on learning activities, hardware, software, or non-digital techniques, used in classrooms, museums, and any other type of learning space. Workshops will be 100 minutes long.

While adherence to the conference theme (“Creating a Sustainable Ecosystem for Making in Education”) is not mandatory, it is highly recommended: if applicable, please include an explanation of how your submission fits in with the conference theme.

Submission/presentation guidelines:

  • Presentation: 100-minute workshop during the weekend conference on October 21 or 22.
  • Word limit: 1000 words and 4 pictures. You may include links to videos as well.
  • Format: Use the FabLearn Workshop Submission Template (Google Doc: https://goo.gl/JPFRdK). Remember to submit in PDF format (you may need to reduce the file size of the PDF to submit to EasyChair).
  • Content: Every workshop submission should include: (1) Title and abstract; (2) short bios of the instructors; (3) description of the scope of the workshop, expected level of experience of participants, main topics covered, and outcomes; (4) explanation of the importance of your submission to the digital fabrication/makers/hands-on learning communities; (5) maximum number of participants and technology/space/material/logistics needs.
  • Submissions via EasyChair by July 31, 2017, by 11:59 pm (PDT)
  • Note: We will be accepting fewer workshops than in prior years due to schedule limitations.

 STUDENT SHOWCASE

For elementary to high-school students willing to showcase a project, technology, idea, or share a reflection on their fabrication space. We are also seeking incomplete projects, things that went wrong, and experiences that could be valuable lessons for other students and the maker community.

Proposals should describe a completed (or not completed) project that could be brought to the conference and exhibited during the demo session or discussed by the student in a small panel format. Submissions may include a critique, project documentation, and/or stories about the student’s experience in a fabrication space. If you are an educator and you have some great work in your class, please encourage your students to submit!

Submission guidelines:

  • Page limit: 2 pages, with as many pictures and explanations as needed. Links to videos are also OK.
  • Format: Use the FabLearn Student Submission Template (Google Doc: https://goo.gl/B3G66k). Remember to submit in PDF format (you may need to reduce the file size of the PDF to submit to EasyChair).
  • Submit via EasyChair by July 31, 2017, by 11:59 pm (PDT)

EDUCATOR SUBMISSIONS

Teachers, administrators, and program facilitators: we are looking forward to reflections on your experiences with maker-centered learning in classrooms, museums, and other learning spaces. Please include a description of the formal or informal educational experience, an explanation of its importance to the maker-centered/hands-on/digital fabrication learning communities, and thoughts about what can be learned more generally from your experience and its value for other educators. This category is not meant to be an “academic” paper, but rather a structured report of best practices and interesting experiences.

While adherence to the conference theme (“Creating a Sustainable Ecosystem for Making in Education”) is not mandatory, it is highly recommended: if applicable, please include an explanation of how your submission fits in with the conference theme.

Submission guidelines:

  • Page limit: 4 pages
  • Format: Use the FabLearn Educator Submission Template (Google Doc: https://goo.gl/hrUaMA). Remember to submit in PDF format (you may need to reduce the file size of the PDF to submit to EasyChair).
  • Submissions via EasyChair by July 31, 2017, by 11:59 pm (PDT)

Presentation descriptions – Educators will participate in one of the following:

  • Panel – 5-minute presentations by each of 3-5 panelists followed by a discussion and Q&A for all panelists. Panels will be formed by the FabLearn Education Chairs.
  • Round Table – 10-minute presentations by 1-2 educators followed by intimate discussion.
  • Ignite Talks – A series of 5-minute high-energy presentations with 20 slides each.