Frequently Asked Questions

What is SCOPES-DF?

Scaling a Community of Practice for Education in STEM through Digital Fabrication.   This project aims to catalyze STEM learning in formal educational environments through digital fabrication technologies and practices found in a fab lab or makerspace.  Year one of the project has two major phases.  Phase I is a call for activities and projects to develop a compilation of digital fabrication lessons that have been aligned to standards and adapted for open source distribution.  Phase II is experiential leadership cohort of up to 3 schools for a year long partnership of professional development and curriculum development.

Who are supporters of SCOPES-DF?

SCOPES-DF is currently led by the Fab Foundation with support from the international Fab Lab Network, and the generous financial support of Chevron, and The GE Foundation.

A project of this magnitude requires all forms of support.  If you are interested in joining this movement to use digital fabrication to improve the quality of education worldwide, contact Sonya Pryor-Jones at  We are actively seeking additional partners!

Why did The Fab Foundation launch SCOPES-DF?

In 2007 the first fab lab was placed in K-12 to support STEM.  Currently, hundreds of labs are in schools and organizations dedicated to young learners.  However, many need help maximizing the learning potential of fab labs and other makerspaces.  SCOPES-DF is committed to provide that support through leveraging the creativity and expertise of the international network of fabbers and makers; as well as collaborating with great educators worldwide to create high-quality curricula that can trusted and used to improve student learning.

Who can contribute?

Anyone can contribute (this is not limited to designated fab labs or schools).

What’s an ideal contribution to the call for activities and projects?

Submissions should include:

  • Clear learning objectives and content for K-12 learners, aligned to standards
  • Utilization of digital fabrication tools and/or practices
  • Citing (attributing credit to) original content and sources
  • Be open for release under a
    Creative Commons CC BY-NC license.

Submissions can also include OPTIONAL details such as:

  • More details about the learning experience
    (targeted age, grade, context, subjects, instructional time)
  • Facilitation/Procedure (i.e.,how to teach and how to build the projects)
  • Materials, equipment, software used, and example design files
  • Standards aligned (NGSS, Common Core, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, PISA, ISTE, other)
  • Student Assessment & Portfolios (or other samples of student work)
  • Photos and media, including documentation of completed student products but also in-process work
What happens to my submission?
  • Once submitted, your contribution may be further developed and refined into digital fabrication lesson plans that are aligned to standards by the Fab Foundation team or another contributor from the community
  • Will be open for release under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC license, that permits free use and re-purposing by others (this aligns with our organization and network’s charter).
What is Creative Commons CC BY-NC license and how will SCOPES-DF use it to protect my content?

As further described in the full Contribution Permission Form, contributors to agree for their work to be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0 International License and, without limitation of the foregoing, understand that revisions may be posted to the platform (coming soon) with attribution to creators and contributors.

Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)  This license permits others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they do not have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

More in the full Contribution Permission Form or SCOPES-DF Terms of Use (coming soon).

If you have questions about applying a different Creative Commons license, to include non-commercial use, please email

What else will SCOPES-DF include?

During the 2017-18 school year, we will work with a small cohort of schools to further develop curricula and provide professional development.  We will further build out the community of practice in person and through a new online community connected to our existing open communities of sharing on

How do I get more information?