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Copy of Innovation 5

This presentation describes the Innovation 5 facility and concept.

Thomas Deits

on 15 October 2013

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Innovation 5
Shared space with Impression 5 Science Museum
STEM Education
Communications and marketing
A "graded" workshop
Serve as:
Idea/Creative Room
Presentation Room
Meetings for Innovation 5
Example: Circuits
Families and School Groups
Advanced Students and Entrepreneurs
- Require training for equipment
- Visible to general public

-Safe for all visitors
Connection is Key
display finished projects
glass panel walls
kid friendly exterior
The personal approach
(surveys and focus groups)

Impression 5 Science Center is a dynamic, interactive space for families to play, create, and challenge their understanding of science.
Next generation of manufacturing
Fab labs and rapid prototyping
Popular electronics, 1975
Scientific American, 2012
A fab lab art project (fablabinternational.org)
Jet engine part made by additive manufacturing.
New manufacturing and STEM education
Wanger family fab lab in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
The Team:
Thomas Deits Ph.D., Project Director
Katherine S. LaCommare, Ph.D., Faculty Coordinator
Mark Halstead, Kelsey Morris, Melanie Mullett, Megan Podschlne, Melody Teodoro-Kurtis, Project Assistants
Innovation 5
Take home message
Understand the background of your project. If you have a new concept, become a ‘mini-expert’ in the field so you can be fairly confident that there is solid evidence that you can use to promote (and defend!) your idea.

1. define your need.
2. Environmental Scan
Who cares?

3. Assemble a Team
Team Leadership
Team Recruitment
It’s probably possible to develop a complex idea and bring it to reality in an entirely collaborative environment, but experience says it’s not likely. Someone usually needs to be the engine, either pulling from the front or pushing from behind. Embrace the engine!
Assemble a great team. If you can’t assemble a great team, is it really such a great idea?
Carefully define the group you hope to serve. Be specific.
What is the need?
Who is solving this need?
Do your best to understand everyone else who is trying to address the same need. They are not competitors, they are resources.
Will the group you want to serve be willing to engage with you to solve the problem?
Project Planning
Six focus areas
- Facility location
- Facility layout and equipment
- Marketing and communication
- Community support
- Education
- Business Considerations
Innovation 5 inspires innovators and empowers entrepreneurs by providing families, students and citizens access to state of the art personal manufacturing tools.
Facility location and layout
Workshop layout and Equipment
Student teams and the co-learning project.
Community college
Community center
Stand alone
Inventors and entrepreneurs
family friendly projects that mirror real-world projects
Meeting Rooms
Existing fab labs have been very eager to help and advise us. Take advantage of help from these pioneers. Community and cooperation is part of the fab lab culture.
Take home message
Business Considerations
Business Plan
Start-up costs
$1,000 - $100,000
Operational costs
80% personnel
You will need one
Make and take
Courses and workshops
Take Home Message
We learned that after extensive discussions with many facilities, there really is no one-stop start-up guide or a particular process to follow. This can be frustrating or liberating – choose liberating!
Educational Opportunities
Field Trips
Afterschool Programs
Federal and state government grants
Private foundations
Individual donors and social investors
Crowd sourcing and Crowd funding
Take home message
Funding can be daunting. You can choose to ‘go big’ from the start by seeking a significant grant or donation, or you can start on a shoestring and grow over time - both are proven successful strategies. Be creative and be flexible.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Model program
State standards
Teacher Training
Professional Development
Continuing education credits
STEM Education
Innovation 5 inspires innovators and empowers entrepreneurs by providing families, students and citizens access to state of the art personal manufacturing tools.
Community and
Economic Development

Instructional Classes
Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
Instructional Booklets by all Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment
and Safety
Impression 5
University Center for Regional Economic Development - Co-Learning Project
US Department of Labor
US Economic Development Administration
Spartan Innovations
Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University
Engage young people in STEM careers.
The rapid prototyping/fab lab movement is a rapidly growing branch of STEM.
Authentic experiences are essential for STEM inspiration.
The economic development potential of the rapid prototyping/fab lab movement is significant.
There are ample resources and assistance available for anyone pursuing a similar facility.
The model we have developed has real potential to be replicated at many similar institutions around the world.
Innovation 5:
Advancing Economic Development through innovation and STEM promotion

Computer numerical controlled (CNC) plasma cutter
CNC Router table
3-D Printer
CNC circuit board engraver
Center for the Advancement of Science Education
Community Outreach
Network with like-minded groups. Lansing and regional examples:
Local Maker community
i.e., Lansing Makers Group
School science/robotics teams, science teachers
i.e., Haslett HS Robotics Team, Romeo HS Byting Bulldogs
Neighborhood organizations
i.e., Downtown Neighborhood Association, Lansing Neighborhood Council,
Downtown development and regional economic development authorities
i.e., Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), SPARK
Higher Education resources and groups
i.e., universities/community colleges (MSU, LCC)
Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB)
Inventor Groups (Michigan Inventors Network)
Entrepreneurs (Primas Civitas)
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