Fab Tested Lesson Collection

Making a Mardi Gras-Inspired Patch Using Algorithmic Design

What is an algorithm? How can algorithms be used to create cultural designs and 3D models? This lesson explores these questions by using visual programming to help students explore computational…

Ring Ceremony: Custom 3D Print Rings

Rings are customizable, simple objects to 3D print. Over the course of five classes (hours), students will design and print rings to wear and share with classmates. This lesson uses…

Biomedical Engineer – Middle School Remix

This lesson reflects on “Everyday in the life of a Biomedical Engineer” What does a Biomedical Engineer do? Biomedical Engineer Conduct research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists,…

Coding 3D Models Using Tinkercad Codeblocks

Inspired by contemporary South African baskets and hats, this activity explores craft through computation, 3D modeling and 3D printing. Students will use object-oriented computer programming, meaning they will place a…

Lesson Landing Pad: 3D Printing

This is a new type of lesson page! Instead of serving as a place to find a singular lesson about 3D printing, this is a page that will serve as…

tarukantohku: Digital Design Rooted in Storytelling Tradition

The purpose of this lesson is to promote collaboration between educational and cultural programming, specifically for the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. The Tunica-Biloxi are a federally recognized tribe with population…

Music & 3D Modeling: From James Brown to Architecture

Black History Month recognizes the heritage, accomplishments, and culture of African Americans in the United States. In honor of this month, this project combines black music, 3D modeling and laser…

Tinkercad & Chibi Chip Electronic Cards

This “Hour of Code” project is part of Computer Science Education Week from December 3 – 7 but the lesson can be done any time of the year. Students explore…

Finding Fibonacci in the Helicone

Leonardo of Pisa (c.1170–c.1250), also known as Fibonacci, is often considered the most talented mathematician of the Middle Ages. In this lesson students discover the mystical nature of the famous…

Wind Turbine STEM/Digital Fabrication Challenge

Enhance your subject area content and career connections by using digital fabrication to design and make blades for a wind turbine.

From Digital to Physical: Geometric Translations

In this guide you will learn to develop a general workflow between 3D modeling softwares and planar assembly techniques for laser cutting using geometric translation tools. This guide will focus…

Fab Sneakers Workshop

Fabricating shoes presents fun opportunities for student to learn principles from design and mathematics while they explore digital fabrication process such as 3D modeling for 3D printing, laser cutting for…

Wearable Tech in Afrofuturism

Afrofuturism encompasses a wide variety of creative explorations across numerous fields – music, art, film, and literature – over nearly a half-century in black culture. This lesson plan explores the…

Child Designed Furniture

Creating classroom furniture with children is one example of a successful scaffolded fabrication activity that can be an empowering experience for young children. This experience includes adults working alongside children…

Dora Milaje Tabi Boot

This lesson originates from Ruth Carter’s approach to costume design for the Black Panther film. Students will create a pattern using software to be laser etched into soft material that…

Wakandan Bling

This lesson is inspired by different designers’ approaches for the Black Panther film. For example, LA-based designer Douriean Fletcher curated a special set of jewelry such as beaded bracelets, necklaces…

RECENT COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTED LESSONS

Understanding making Assistive Technology and Making writing AT at home.

This lesson aims at teaching students about Assistive Technology, the process and the importance of developing an AT with the end user. It also enables students and caregiver to make…

June 18, 2024
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Smart Light

During this workshop, young participants will create a bulb using LED, battery, cardboard, conductive tape and acrylic discs.

June 8, 2024

DIY Hydroponic Garden

During this workshop, participants will assemble a mini desktop hydroponic garden using plywood. They will put their creation to the test by growing chickpeas in their soil-less, nutrient-water based hydroponic…

June 1, 2024

المواد الحيوية تهمنا Bio-Matters

Bio Matters is a workshop committed to delving into the potential of bio-materials. Our journey involved experimenting with various recipes to harness the diverse properties of organic materials. Among our…

May 6, 2024
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Recipe With AI

In this workshop, participants are going to learn about the basics of programming and mobile app development. They will be using AI & Image Processing to identify ingredients & find…

April 25, 2024
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Solar Oven

During this workshop, young participants (7-10 years old) will assemble a portable solar oven using cardboard and transparent PVC vinyl. They will put their creation to the test by cooking…

April 24, 2024

CO2 COLLECTOR

This workshop aims to deliver the know-how about Global warming and its causes, in addition participants are going to be introduced to the ways they can interfere in order to…

April 22, 2024

Spin Your Way to Art

In this workshop, participants are going to learn about the basics of Electronics and Electric Circuit. They will be using DC Motors, Cell Batteries and Conductive Tape to create a…

April 22, 2024

3D Food Molds

In this workshop, participants are going to learn about the basics of Food Molds creation, how to use the vacuum former and how to create personalized/custom food molds that can…

April 18, 2024

DIY Algae Reactor – مفاعل الطحالب

Celebrate Earth Day with our DIY Algae Reactor Workshop! Designed for teens aged 18-24, this hands-on session explores the science of algae cultivation to boost oxygen production. Participants will build…

April 18, 2024
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Plantpedia App

In this workshop, participants are going to learn about the basics of programming and mobile app development. They will be using their knowledge of plants and the environment in addition…

April 2, 2024
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Phenology Calendar

Students will learn what phenology is and create an object to record the changes in seasons in their local ecosystem.

March 31, 2024

EmpowerHer: Designing Solutions for Hair Challenges with Tinkercad

In this project, we’ll be exploring the basics of 3D printing using a fantastic tool called Tinkercad. But this is not just any project; it’s a chance for you to…

February 29, 2024
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Maker Venn Diagram

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a leader in science and policy about the Climate Crisis and the health of our oceans. One of her most well known projects is the…

February 28, 2024

143 Binary Beads – Valentine’s Day

In this lesson students will learn a very basic form of computer coding. We will discuss binary code and the basics of how computers communicate. They will create their own…

February 26, 2024
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Blossom electronics

Celebrate Women’s Day with an activity inspired by one of the brightest women in science, Katharine Burr Blodgett! This engaging and hands-on electronics activity emphasizes the significance of women and…

February 26, 2024

STANDARDS-ALIGNED

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.

FAB TESTED

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.

OPEN-SOURCE VALUES

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