FORT MYERS, Fla. (November 8, 2017) – IMAG History & Science Center and the Edison Innovators Association (EIA) have agreed to collaborate on establishing a Fab Lab in Fort Myers. A Fab Lab is a collaborative space for learning, problem solving and creating through using off-the-shelf, industrial-grade fabrication and electronics tools operated by open source software and programs.

The Fab Lab will be located at IMAG, and will further its efforts to advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) literacy. It will also serve as a community resource for area entrepreneurs, and members of the public who want to explore fabrication and invention possibilities.

“IMAG is excited to partner with EIA to bring a Fab Lab to Southwest Florida. The educational and economic development opportunities a Fab Lab creates will support the 21st century vision of Southwest Florida,” said IMAG Executive Director Matt Johnson.

EIA members will be instrumental in serving as technical experts. Through their partnership to create a Fab Lab, IMAG and EIA will leverage their respective core strengths to positively impact education and workforce development, economic development and the community at large.

Jesse Morgan, a long-standing board member of EIA, said, “Our group consists of entrepreneurs, inventors, business professionals and those curious about how to take a concept to market. We assist one another in advancing our ideas, inventions and product innovations. Helping to create an organization that will teach and empower young people, entrepreneurs and community members is in direct alignment with the tenets of our group.”

MIT Professor Neil Gershenfeld, a scientist and inventor, formed the concept for Fab Lab after offering a course called “How to Make (Almost) Anything,” which was met with overwhelming demand.

IMAG History and Science Center is a family-friendly destination offering fun interactive exhibits, an aquarium, history displays and a 3D theatre. The mission is to engage guests in the exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), and more recently the history of Southwest Florida. This is achieved through hands-on experiences and educational programs that further the understanding of the natural and human-made world, and foster an appreciation for Southwest Florida’s unique environment, natural waterways, and rich history. A visit to IMAG nurtures intellectual curiosity, discovery, and innovation. For more information, visit www.theIMAG.org or visit in person – 2000 Cranford Avenue | Fort Myers, Fla. 33916