Fab Labs, started in 2007 by MIT, aim to democratize access to tools and technology. In May, The S.T.E.A.M. Room Fab Lab, will open on the eastside of Iowa City. S.T.E.A.M Room Director of Operations Kirk Cheyeny says visitors will have access, "To any tool you need to build anything that you want."
In additions woodworking, welding and jewelry making, S.T.E.A.M. Room innovators can use laser cutters, a CNC machine, 3D printing and even an Oculus Rift, the new virtual-reality head mounted display.