California State University, Bakersfield’s Fabrication Laboratory

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The B Side

I feel like an outsider encroaching on their territory. I circle the building, nervous to step inside. Trying new things, and talking to new people are not things that I am used to. Like most people, I like average. Average is comfortable.

The women engineers of California State University, Bakersfield are anything but average. They choose to venture into a territory that is dominated by men and has been for centuries. By working and learning inside of CSUB’s Fabrication Laboratory, they are challenging themselves to think bigger and bolder.

Like little red blips on a radar, Fab Labs are popping up all over the world. In June of 2014, the Fab Foundation announced that it would be opening up to 10 “Fab Labs” across the United States with the help of a 10 million dollar grant from Chevron Corporation. According to the Fab Foundation, these laboratories will provide, “approximately 20,000…

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