The Bourn Idea Lab is our school's digital fabrication studio, where girls (and teachers!) come to tinker, build, and prototype. We have a laser cutter, a 3D printer, programmable microcontrollers, vacuum former, vinyl cutter, 3D mill, and assorted hand tools. Oh, and lots and lots of cardboard and other prototyping materials.

We are also the home of Castilleja's robotics programs, including our FIRST Robotics team, Team 1700 Gatorbotics, and our FIRST Lego League teams. We are a member of the FabLab@School network, a project of Prof. Paulo Blikstein's Transformative Learning Technologies Lab at Stanford University. 

Check out our blog to find out the latest happenings in the lab!                                                  
More Lab News...

June 2014:
writes about Do Design Discover 2014, our two-day workshop on implementing hands-on learning in the classroom. 

May 2013:
We appeared in a story on KGO-SF/ABC7 about women representation Maker Faire!

April 2013:
Associated Press interviewed us for a story about women and leadership.

March 2013:
BBC visited our lab for their radio piece "What If...the Best Education?" 

Nov 2012:
Bourn Lab wins the Rambus/KCI Innovation Award!

May 2012:
Mercury News did a feature on the opening of the Bourn Lab!

Join the Conversation!

Join our Google Group to talk shop about digital fabrication labs and makerspaces in K-12 education!

Fridays are BOURN!

Have you heard? The Bourn Idea Lab is open on Fridays after school until 4:30pm. Come make something you've always wanted to make and kick off your weekend with some tinkering and DIY fun! 

All members of the Castilleja community, including students, employees, parents are welcome! 

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Who We Are

Angi Chau

Diego Fonstad
Resident Tinkerer

 Hong Yeo


Plus, our

awesome TAs!


What We Have

Laser cutter: Epilog Helix

3D printers: MakerBot Replicator 2

Vinyl cutter: Roland GX-24

3D mill and scanner: Roland Modela MDX-20

Programmable microcontrollers: Arduinos, Hummingbirds, GoGo Boards

Vacuum former: Centroform

Other electronics gadgets: Makey Makey, little bits, PicoBoards
Our friends at other K-12 schools:

Fab Lab @ Marymount School (NYC)

I-Lab, Nueva School

iLab, Hillbrook School

Makers Studio @ The Athenian School

Creativity Lab @ Lighthouse Community Charter School (Oakland)

Creator's Studio @ St. Matthew's Parish School (Pacific Palisades, CA)


Other tinkering spaces:

Tinkering Studio @ The Exploratorium (SF)

Ingenuity Lab @ Lawrence Hall of Science (Berkeley)

Makerspace @ The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose)

The Exploratory


Project ideas & inspirations:

Make: Projects


3D models: ThingiverseShapeways

Earn badges:

Adafruit tutorials (also Adafruit Learn)

Sparkfun tutorials 

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