October 7-11, 2023
Hosted by Columbia University Teachers College

Welcome to FabLearn / Constructionism 2023!

Conference-related updates and announcements will appear here, email, @fablearn on Twitter, and @Construct_Conf on Threads and Twitter.

Contact us at conference@fablearn.net or constructionismconf@gmail.com

Key Dates

All times midnight Eastern Time, USA:

  • EasyChair submission portal opens: April 3, 2023
  • Submission deadline (Research and Symposia): May 8, 2023
  • Submission deadline (WIP, Workshops, all other categories): May 23, 2023
  • Notification of acceptance for all categories: July 2023
  • Early Bird registration: August 15 – September 6, 2023
  • Normal registration begins: September 7 – 30, 2023
  • Conference: October 7 – 11, 2023


Call for Participation

FabLearn is BACK! After three years of a pandemic-induced pause, we are happy to announce the call for papers for FabLearn 2023! And this year, we are excited to collaborate with Constructionism 2023 for a joint conference on October 7-11th in New York City at Columbia University.

FabLearn is an international conference that brings together researchers, educators, students, and practitioners interested in the intersection of constructionism, digital fabrication, and maker education. The conference explores how new technologies can be integrated into formal and informal educational settings to foster creativity, innovation, and hands-on learning.

FabLearn events have been held in various countries worldwide to build an international community of educators, researchers, and makers passionate about using digital fabrication to promote learning and engagement. By sharing research findings, best practices, and innovative ideas, the FabLearn Conference aims to advance the field of digital fabrication in education and inspire new approaches to teaching and learning.

The conference will feature keynote talks, panel discussions, workshops, and presentations on various topics related to maker education digital fabrication in education, including curricular design, pedagogy, and assessment. This year, we will join forces with Constructionism and also include papers on Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in Education!

Since its beginnings in 2011, the FabLearn conference paralleled the amazing growth of the maker movement from a small community to a mainstream movement. The number, range, and diversity of research and implementation efforts shared at FabLearn have steadily increased. Practitioners and students from all over the world have brought interdisciplinary, sophisticated curricular design examples and approaches in all shapes and forms to the conference, embracing the nature and complexity of project-based, student-centered learning. And to date, over 30 sister conferences have taken place worldwide in Denmark, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Finland, Israel, Norway, The Netherlands, Italy, Uruguay, Thailand, Korea, and Switzerland.

For this 11th iteration of FabLearn, our goal is to take stock of what maker education has achieved, examine its critiques, and trace a path forward, including new approaches, principles, and technologies, including its deep roots in Constructionism. So we are very excited to bring these two communities together for the 2023 conference — also including papers on Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in Education!

We invite you to submit research papers, best practice papers, symposia, work-in-progress posters, workshops, or papers describing emerging and new constructionist media. We welcome and encourage submissions from multiple fields and environments, including but not limited to academia, industry, and education, aiming for transdisciplinarity.


Previous Conferences

FabLearn 2020: Conference Proceedings / Session Recordings

FabLearn 2019: Conference Proceedings / Session Recordings