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

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 Professor Paulo Blikstein's Transformative Learning Technologies Lab at Stanford University. 

Come make with us! The Bourn Idea Lab is open on Fridays until 4:30pm during the school year. All members of the Castilleja community are welcome to join us for some tinkering fun to kick off the weekend!

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!

For Educators:

Join our K-12 Fab Labs & Makerspaces Google Group to connect with a large group of like-minded educators and discuss everything related to making in K-12 education!

We love to share our passion for making and fabbing with educators inside and outside of Castilleja through our professional development offerings.

Check out photos from our past events:

Design Do Discover 2013
& Intro to Fab Lab Workshops

Intro to Bourn Lab
(Faculty Orientation) 

Follow us!
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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