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Cambridge Friends School

November 07, 2013 10:19 ET

Cambridge Friends School Hosts Personal Fab, STEM Luminaries for "Constructing Education" Panel Discussion, November 13

MIT's Neil Gershenfeld, Fab Foundation's Sherry Lassiter and TIES' Jan Morrison to Explore Technology's Impact on Education

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwired - Nov 7, 2013) -  Cambridge Friends School (CFS), an independent school for grades Pre-K-8 and the only Quaker school in Massachusetts, will host an inspiring panel discussion titled "Constructing Education" on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms Director Neil Gershenfeld, Fab Foundation Director Sherry Lassiter, and TIES (Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM) CEO and President Jan Morrison will discuss the power of technology and its impact on 21st century education. Part of CFS's ongoing seminar series, the event is free and open to the public. Details are as follows:

Who: MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms Director Neil Gershenfeld, Fab Foundation Director Sherry Lassiter, and TIES CEO and President Jan Morrison
What: "Constructing Education" -- Leveraging today's technological revolution for improved hands-on learning
When: Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 6:30 p.m. registration, 7:00-8:00 p.m. seminar
Where: Cambridge Friends School Meeting Hall, 5 Cadbury Road, Cambridge

The next technological revolution has arrived. Today, individuals not only use computers to calculate and communicate, but to fabricate -- to engineer and assemble computer-designed creations and to make tools needed to solve real problems. Gershenfeld, Lassiter and Morrison will explore these themes and more.

  • Renowned physicist and personal fab pioneer, Gershenfeld is redefining the boundaries between the digital and analog worlds. His famous Fab Lab is not only immensely popular among students at MIT, but the concept is potentially life-altering in the developing world. A Fab Lab with just $20,000 worth of laser cutters, milling machines and soldering irons can transform help a community harness their creativity to build tools, replacement parts and essential products unavailable in the local market.

  • One of the architects of the MIT global Fab Lab program and Director of the Fab Foundation, Lassiter is a firm believer in the idea of personal fabrication and the empowerment that comes from making things. As Director of the Fab Foundation, Lassiter engaged in the deployment and growth of Fab Labs around the world, enabling grassroots technology development by, for and of the community.

  • President and CEO of TIES, Morrison is the country's foremost innovator bringing STEM School design, STEM curriculum, and STEM instructional support to schools, districts, states and the federal government. In addition to TIES, Morrison has served as the Senior Consultant for College Ready STEM Education as well as Post-secondary Success for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and currently serves as an advisor with the White House and Department of Education.

"Our mission at CFS is to offer a meaningful academic environment in which students are empowered to question and to explore within a collaborative working space," said Peter Sommer, head of school, Cambridge Friends School. "Technology will continue to play an increasingly important role in 21st century education, and we're honored to have Neil Gershenfeld, Sherry Lassiter and Jan Morrison join us for what promises to be a thought-provoking and inspiring evening."

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About Cambridge Friends School
Cambridge Friends School (CFS), the only Quaker school in Massachusetts, is a co-educational elementary school enrolling 202 students in pre-K through grade 8. Established in 1961 under the care of Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), CFS's mission is to provide an outstanding education. Guided by Quaker principles -- universal values such as equality, integrity, community and peace -- CFS engages students in meaningful academic learning within a caring community strongly committed to social justice. CFS encourages all students to develop their intellectual, physical, creative and spiritual potential and, through the example of their lives, to challenge oppression and to contribute to justice and understanding in the world. For more information, visit:

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