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PEF's flagship, annual institute for educators to engage in hands-on activities as they learn more about how the world's largest FabLab network, VW eLabs, is transforming public education!

Innovative Learning in VW eLabs

STEP-UP Chattanooga places Hamilton County working-age students in paid internships with local companies, provides work-readiness training, on-the-job experience, professional mentors, advanced career opportunities and ongoing support. 


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We believe in powerful work distilled down to simple solutions. The Chattanooga Fab Institute empowers teachers to experience the transformative learning that takes place every day in HCS through Volswagen eLabs. During the 3-day institute, attendees are given the time, space, resources, and support to engage in the creative process as they use computer-controlled tools to bring their ideas into reality! While immersed in this constructivist environment, attendees network with other innovative educators, hear from world-class keynote speakers, work alongside student mentors, and hear from some of our incredible students as they share their own unique learning experiences across schools in our community. 

Thanks to our long-standing partnership with Volkswagen Group of America, we are able to provide the Chattanooga Fab Institute for less than 1/4 the price of similar conferences!

Robust Learning

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