The Enable Alliance advocates for lifelong learning to advance the quality and integrity of the service in the community, and to promote the e-NABLE community’s sustainability and resilience.

It brokers collaboration between:

  • Classrooms, libraries, museums, and other organizations who engage in citizen science research and device fabrication, including the Half Hollow Hills Community Library, Fab Lab DC and University of California, Berkley
  • Subject matter experts engaged in materials and technology development, engineering and design, including 3D Central and the University of Maryland College Park Technology Advancement Program and Terrapin Works
  • IRB approved research teams including the University of West Virginia and University of Washington
  • Professionally trained and credentialed volunteers and contractors, including the Ahemdabad Center for the Physically Challenged, and background checks from Verified Volunteers
  • NGO staff and volunteers, including Voices of Africa
  • Artists, museums and galleries, including the British Museum


SUNY Polytechnic Institute Enable Living Classroom

One of the most innovative project based learning programs is the establishment of the Enable Living Classroom Program at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. A living classroom is an immersive, learning-by-doing experience. Professor Robert Payne rewrote a first year manufacturing and distribution elective to create scaled manufacturing plant. A student general manager oversees student departments designated for Marketing, Communication and Help Desk Support, Research and Development, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance and Information Technology (Inventory and supply line monitoring and request fulfilment). Students transfer their roles, projects and information from one class to the next, building on earlier work and continuing to advance their support for the community with each term.

The Living Classroom will be expanding across institution and discipline in the spring term 2018 as faculty in other departments include students in clinical settings.


Informal Education

A model informal education program actively partnered in the e-NABLE ecosystem is the FIRST Robotics Team 1511, from Penfield High School in Rochester, New York. After winning their Regional Chairman’s Award for gifting e-NABLE a dozen hands, the team held a conference session at the 2017 World Championships in St. Louis. One of the highlights of their presentation was a video from a sister FIRST Robotics team in Israel. Together they called on FIRST teams to learn more about e-NABLE and use their skills customize and make hands.

Members of the Team 1511 will be giving presentations at ENABLECON 2017, building on their FIRST Robotics leadership development and government advocacy trainings to create a youth program for the e-NABLE Community. This will be recorded and in 2018 will be developed into training by youth for youth of all ages.

Other examples of informal education experiences include Scouting and makerspace activities that support e-NABLE projects and can generate evidence of learning and 21st Century Skills development.


Preparation for Field Experiences

The Enable Alliance will be using distance learning to address service with vulnerable populations and skills to be considered field ready.

Preparation for field experience also may include technical training, such as using mobile connectivity devices or mobile power solutions.

Planning for field experiences in 2018 is underway. It may include opportunities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Asia/Pacific region and Central and South America.