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## Basic Requirements for Fab Academy Participation
Here are the basic requirements and expectations for any lab that wishes to participate in the the Fab Academy course.
Here are the basic requirements and expectations for any Fab Lab that wishes to participate in the course, and become a Fab Academy Node.
Your lab MUST be equipped with the ALL necessary digital fabrication machines, electronics components and other supplies to be able to participate in the Academy. Labs that are not properly equipped are not eligible to participate in the Academy, as the students will not be able to complete the course.
As this is a bleeding edge program, hardware and electronics specification is continually being updated. For the most up-to-date list of recommended machines and supplies, see: [the Fab Lab Inventory ](http://fab.cba.mit.edu/about/fab/inv.html)
## Necessary Machine Types
It is important to understand that, in order to offer Fab Academy, the physical space and infrastructure is as important as the people instructing the course. Fab Labs need trained people in order to offer Fab Academy and this training is the program itself. To instruct Fab Academy you need to have taken Fab Academy.
To become a Fab Academy Node you need the following:
1. MACHINES, SUPPLIES & INFRASTRUCTURE
2. QUALIFIED STAFF to run the course
3. STUDENTS WORKGROUP
4. TO APPLY by filling the Nodes’ application form, to confirm the intention of any particular fab lab to run the course.
## 1. MACHINES, SUPPLIES & INFRASTRUCTURE
### Necessary Machine Types
* A computer-controlled laser cutter, for press-fit assembly of 3D structures from 2D parts.
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* Cardboard, sheet plywood and other consumable stock materials
Some of the hard to find materials are going to be made available in kit form (for a fee) during the course. Suggested lead time is 2 weeks in most places (allow for longer in remote locations) and reminders of what is needed within this 2 week window will be made during weekly prep meetings.
Suggested lead time is **2 weeks** in most places (allow for longer in remote locations) and reminders of what is needed within this 2 week window will be made during weekly prep meetings.
### General Infrastructure
* Internet connection (at least 1mb upload/download).
* A common space for students to work comfortably
* Access to the Fab Lab facilities for a **minimum of 20 hs per week**
### Do I need these specific machines and electronic components?
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It also violates the core Fab principle that "Fab labs share core capabilities, so that people and projects can be shared across them." - Neil Gershenfeld, [Fab Lab FAQ](http://fab.cba.mit.edu/about/faq/)
## Local Class Working Groups
## 2. QUALIFIED STAFF
Fab Academy is a unique educational experience, not only based on the transmission of content but also in the kind of interactions that happen between Instructors, Mentors, and Students, in a peer-driven environment. This is why the experience of having done the course once is key to be able to run the course.
So, to offer the Fab Academy program in any Fab Lab, you need a person that graduated from the course before, a Fab Academy Graduate.
More details [here](academy_roles_and_key_personnel.md)
## 3. STUDENTS WORKGROUP
### What is the maximum / minimum number of students in a local Fab Academy class?
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