What is FabNewport?

FabNewport is 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to inspire the maker in all of us. Our vision is all students will have the skills, confidence and commitment to positively impact their communities and make their lives.

We started in 2013 as a maker space/ fab lab in Newport and now serve both the Providence and Newport areas with an emphasis on urban middle and high school-aged youth. Our spaces in schools, libraries and community centers emphasize collaboration, distributed teaching and learning, and choice.

We offer:

  • Classes and workshops for students during the school day
    • We support All Saints Academy in Middletown
    • We run two programs, Wearables and Design|Make|Manufacture at the Met School in Providence
    • We work with 360 High School in Providence
  • After school programs for middle & high school students
    • In our Newport lab in conjunction with Newport Public Schools
    • Open lab on Fridays
  • Evening workshops for older students & adults
  • Facility rentals for local companies and entrepreneurs
    • Contact John Spillane (john@fabnepwort.org) to make arrangement

We work with ‘students’, both young and old, over extended periods of time teaching technical, artistic, and design skills while cultivating the personal attributes required for success in life. Grit, self control, empathy, problem solving, and resilience are attributes that will foster success in any pursuit. Users of Fab Newport have access to a computer lab, powerful design and manufacturing software, a 3D printer, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, electronic components, hand and power tools, and a team of people who are there to help. If you have any questions feel free to email steve@fabnewport.org.

In addition to our work in Newport, FabNewport has recently partnered with the City of Providence to offer programming throughout the city. The initiative, named PVD Young Makers, is the result of an investment from Mayor Elorza’s office. FabNewport has teamed up with PVD Young Makers to offer free programming, similar to that offered in Newport, at the Providence Community libraries. To learn more about PVD Young Makers and the programming schedule click here.

General Overview – FabNewport is a Community Based Non-Profit Maker Space and Learning Studio. Founded by Steve Heath over 5 Years Ago, FabNewport is, as its suggests, a ‘FabLab’ or ‘Fabrication Lab’ serving Newport, Middletown and the Rhode Island at large. Located in the Florence Gray  Community Center in Newport’s North End, we seek to provide a collaborative learning space & foster an environment where creativity and imagination are encouraged. The equipment — computer controlled routers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, 3D Scanners & Printers, sewing machines and more — will allow Newport County residents to make just about anything they want to. Currently we have three 3D printers, a 3D scanner, a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, three sewing machines, an electronics station, and finally, a ‘Prototyping Cart’ which allows for a very low barrier of entry for Beginners/Novice Level FabNewport Badge Holders. FabNewport also collaborates with schools, libraries, community partners/mentors, businesses and individuals to create a network of like-minded organizations & individuals willing to share their knowledge and expertise in the STEAM fields with our students. We have also recently begun expanding our consulting work with Schools & Organizations who want to create their own version of a ‘FabLab/Maker Space’. September 17th, 2017 was the Grand Opening of the Barrington High School ‘iCreate Lab‘ which was created through a collaboration between Barrington High School, the Highlander Institute, and FabNewport.