"What does the Transformative Learning Technologies Lab do?
Our mission is to improve the teaching of science, technology engineering, and math (STEM) in schools. Everything we develop -- from low-cost robotics kits to full-blown digital fabrication labs -- is in support of project-based, student-centered learning in STEM. Unlike traditional science and math education, which places great emphasis on rote memorization of facts and formulas, our focus is on invention, innovation, and collaborative problem-solving. Students in our digital fabrication labs learn science by creating inventions to solve real-world problems, and by designing scientific experiments to examine their own theories about nature." from source: http://tltl.stanford.edu/