FAB LAB TULSA INC

Sharing Advanced Technology. Building a Creative Community. Empowering the Maker in All of Us.

aka FAB LAB TULSA   |   Tulsa, OK   |  www.fablabtulsa.org

Mission

The mission of Fab Lab Tulsa is to better our community by providing education, community, workforce and business programming that teaches innovation, design-thinking, problem-solving and change-making, together with open access to 21st Century digital fabrication tools, equipment and technology.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Nathan Pritchett

Main address

710 S. Lewis Ave.

Tulsa, OK 74104 USA

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EIN

30-0638130

NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Tulsa and the surrounding rural areas of Northeastern Oklahoma need more makers, problem-solvers, inventors and entrepreneurs. The maker movement is inventing the jobs and industries that will reshape our communities, consequently creating an entirely new wave of economic opportunity. Fab Lab Tulsa needs your help to add the organizational capacity and resources needed to empower the current and future makers of Tulsa.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education

Educational programs and Fab Lab Tulsa focus on building skills in core subjects, such as math and science, as well as applied problem solving, critical thinking and creativity, all of which are critically important in the modern economy.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Fab Lab Tulsa is a resource for local technology enthusiasts who span a broad spectrum from hobbyist and tinkerers, to artist and designers, to engineers and scientists, to entrepreneurs and businesses.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Fab Lab Tulsa is a hub for inventors and provides entrepreneurs and businesses with a high-quality, low-cost, low-risk method of rapid prototyping and micro-manufacturing new products.

Population(s) Served
Adults

As a recognized Regional Center of Excellence by the Fab Foundation, one of only three in the United States, Fab Lab Tulsa is a resource for other cities looking to build successfully programs and organizations. Centers for Excellence are regionally based entities focused on the development and dissemination of digital fabrication.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To accomplish our mission, Fab Lab Tulsa has identified the following four primary constituencies, each with distinct interests, needs and requirements, and critical to the organization's charitable impact and success:

Community: As a community center, Fab Lab Tulsa is a resource for local technology enthusiasts who span a broad spectrum from hobbyist and tinkerers, to artist and designers, to engineers and scientists, to entrepreneurs and businesses. Individual members with creative ideas bring them to fruition with the labs equipment and tools.

Education: The K-12 education program at Fab Lab Tulsa enables educators to introduce and illustrate a variety of engineering disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, chemical and structural engineering, as well as computer science, math and art. Additionally, students learn how to envision, design, build, test and refine their ideas through hands-on experience with 2D and 3D design software and digital fabrication tools. When using technology in education, the key is to enhance the concepts being taught.

Enterprise: Fab Lab Tulsa is a hub for inventors and provides entrepreneurs and businesses with a high-quality, low-cost, low-risk method of rapid prototyping and micro-manufacturing new products. The objective is to foster entrepreneurship and economic development, and encourage start-up companies to grow both within and beyond the lab.

Network: As a recognized Regional Center of Excellence by the Fab Foundation, we have also built our capacity to support the growth of the Fab Lab Network.

Community: Programming for individual members includes entry-level and advanced classes to train and certify them in the various skills required to use the facility and equipment without supervision.

Education: Educational programs at Fab Lab Tulsa focus on building skills in core subjects, such as math and science, as well as applied problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity, all of which are critically important in the modern economy.

Enterprise: Business and industry members receive extensive technical assistance in using lab equipment and software design applications, as well as access to programs that support their legal and intellectual property needs.

Network: We support the Fab Lab Network by deploying labs, providing training and professional development, developing curriculum, and serving as a local and regional convener.

One of the biggest difficulties facing communities, educators and businesses is access to affordable technology and equipment where students can experience hands-on learning and companies can develop the cutting-edge digital design and fabrication products required to solve the problems of the future. Fab Lab Tulsa's objective is to bring the spirit of innovation that is present in a Fab Lab to all of Tulsa and Northeastern Oklahoma. The Fab Lab Tulsa is one of the top labs globally in terms of leadership, organization, support, size and capabilities. In addition, our mobile fab lab enables us to can go where we are needed, when we are needed. Our aspiration is to introduce and prepare individuals for the 21st Century workplace by illustrating what can be accomplished by regular people with access to extraordinary tools.

Community: At the end of 2019, Fab Lab Tulsa had 413 community memberships, 90 of which were family memberships comprised of multiple individuals, including children under the age of 18. Furthermore, over 30% of our community members were women. In addition, community memberships represented 73 unique zip codes. In fact, members travelled from as far away as Noble, Oklahoma; Wichita, Kansas; Springfield, Missouri and Bentonville, Arkansas to utilize the labs resources. Total visitors to the lab in 2019 was 13,114, an average of 54 visitors per day.

Education: In 2019, Fab Lab Tulsa reached 4,192 students through 238 individual classes.

Business: As of December 31, 2019, Fab Lab Tulsa had 35 entrepreneur and business participants in the following categories: Garment/Accessory/Jewelry, Consumer Electronics, Art, Food/Beverage, Rapid Prototyping/ Design/Consulting, Architecture, Small/Local Business Support, Industrial, Furnishings, Aircraft/Aerospace, Branding/Marketing, and Consumer Products. The majority (59%) are sole proprietorships with annual revenue in 2019 ranging from a low of $400 to a high of $180,000, with an average of $39,213 and total revenue of $745,050. Small businesses utilizing the lab (27%) had from 2 to 27 employees with annual revenue in 2019 ranging from a low of $500 to a high of $3.5 million, with an average of $618,500 and total revenue of $5.56 million. Lastly, four large businesses utilizing the lab had from 120 to 22,000 employees with annual revenue in 2019 ranging from a low of $42 million to a high of $11.4 billion.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FAB LAB TULSA INC

Board of directors
as of 5/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Melissa Hamby

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/12/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data