Lessons in arts of Troe-Ko, Tshem-Zo, Shing-Zo, and De-Zo

Bhutan Lesson Collection

Troe-ko and 3D printing

What is Troe-ko? The craft of making traditional ornaments in Bhutan is known as Troe-ko. Its products are widely used by Bhutanese women.   There are two types of Bhutanese…

Tshem-zo and Wearable technology

What is Tshem-zo? The art of tailoring in Bhutan is known as Tshem-zo. This art can be classified into three parts: 1.      Tshem drup the art of embroidery 2.      Lhem drup the…

Shing-zo and CNC

What is Shing-zo? The practice of using wood to make houses, bridges, temples and dzongs in Bhutan is known as Shing-zo. The result of this woodwork can be seen all…

De-zo and Paper circuit

What is De-zo? The Traditional art of paper-making in Bhutan is known as De-zo. The people engaged in making De-zo are known as Dezop. Dezho is mainly used as carrying…


This collection includes 4 lessons developed exclusively for SCOPES-DF and the Fab Foundation by the Bhutan Fab Lab, including Troe-Ko and 3D printing, Tshem-Zo and wearable technology, Shing-Zo and CNC, and De-Zo and circuits.


“In honor and love to preserve and promote the 13 Arts and Crafts of Bhutan. Our Fab Lab Bhutan team has developed these lessons to bring some life and freshness. Digital Fabrication and our ancient arts and crafts are interwoven in these lessons.” -Fab Lab Bhutan


Decorative Box Lantern

This lesson takes the creative and cultural tradition of lantern making and combines it with a tech-based lesson in digital design and fabrication. Students will use 2D design software to…

December 5, 2023

Theatrical Mask Making

This lesson takes the creative mask making style of a Broadway theater show (think the Lion King) and combines it with a tech-based lesson in digital design and fabrication. Students…

December 5, 2023

Virtual Hispanic Art Gallery

The “Exploring Hispanic Artists from the US” project is designed for middle school students to delve into the world of Hispanic art and culture by researching and creating virtual art…

October 15, 2023

Exploring Innovation and Invention

In this lesson, the students will learn the history of innovations through fun and play. The files for stickers or laser cutting will the attached to this lesson which the…

September 26, 2023

MakeyMakey Inventor Biography Bottle

Students will choose a scientist or inventor from the past or present to research in order to write an informational report.  While the students are progressing through the writing…

September 7, 2023

Introduction to 3D Designing with a 3D Pen and Sketchbook

Students will learn the basics of 3D designing and geometry through hands-on activities using a 3D pen and a 3D sketchbook (or folded square papers). They will create simple 3D…

August 14, 2023

A- Frame level for contour Farming

This lesson introduces students to agriculture practices and its benefits. Students will learn about contour farming and vegetable cultivation. When studying contour farming for vegetables, students will gain specific insights…

July 21, 2023

FLA Week 3 – Universal Design and Sustainability

On YouTube, I’ve watched several ways how to make good-sounding drums, and with biomaterials, I’ve tried to make a surface that will boost the sound of the bucket and make…

July 19, 2023

Asking Questions – Developing Inquiry Skills by using Grammar Wheel

In the lesson “Asking Questions – Developing Inquiry Skills,” intermediate-level students learn to formulate different types of questions, identify question words, and effectively gather information. The lesson begins with a…

June 30, 2023

Cooking our own Fab Lab biomaterials

Within the study of plastic, the students will cook different bioplastics with different recipes and proportions of ingredients to study the mechanical properties of the material. With a laser cutter,…

June 30, 2023

FLA Week6: A wavy line that connects

Explore waves in our environment and the characteristics of sinusoidal waves—amplitude, frequency, and wavelength.    Students will go through the 4 phases of Engage – Explore – Explanation – Extension…

June 30, 2023

FLA Week3: Biomaterials

Creative possibilities cooking biomaterials.

June 29, 2023

FLA Week4: Classroom tool design

Creative possibilities of the laser cutter.

June 29, 2023

FLA Week2: Vinyl Cut Sticker

Creative possibilities with the vinyl cutter.   The process described takes action in an action plan called “Fab Lab Club” where a group of students is building a maker community…

June 29, 2023


Community contributed lessons aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)  offer formal educators innovative pathways to teaching content knowledge. The Fab I Can Statements are a resource to develop technology-literate learning progressions to align with content standards.


Periodically lessons are adapted and tested by the Fab Foundation team based on a call for submissions from fabbers, educators, and makers.  Our inaugural set of lessons for the SCOPES-DF project were Fab Tested in 2016 and are tagged Fab Tested on the website.


Lessons are distributed under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC license, that permits free use and re-purposing by others.