This collection of lessons from Intermediate Unit One combines elements of digital fabrication with mental health wellness supports for all students.


Mini LED Flashlight

Students will design and fabricate their very own mini LED flashlights! Students will create a case that fits all of the internal components of the flashlight. This can be done using…


Students will be given an amplifier/speaker kit to assemble and solder. Students will also create a casing for this circuit system. This can be achieved by using the step-by-step tutorial…

Personalized Rally Towels

Students will create a personalized rally towel that contains at least one image and a name. This can be done using the step-by-step tutorial design that follows, or by creating their…


Intermediate Unit One is committed to improving the educational outcomes of children and adolescents who experience mental health needs by providing both targeted and general mental health wellness activities in classrooms, including FabLab classrooms.

General mental health supports are provided in each lesson so that any digital fabrication instructor can incorporate mental wellness strategies.

about intermediate unit one

Intermediate Unit One (IU1) is a regional education service agency that strives to provide educational support to students, parents, educators, administrators, and communities throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. IU1 operates two campus schools which house digital fabrication labs designed to serve students with severe mental health needs. IU1 is committed to providing the highest level of emotional health care through unique social work opportunities within their fabrication labs.

Mental health wellness and DIGITAL FABRICATION

Good mental health is related to mental and psychological well-being. The World Health Organization states that worldwide 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental disorders. Neuropsychiatric conditions are the leading cause of disability in young people in all regions. If untreated, these conditions severely influence children’s development, their educational attainments and their potential to live fulfilling and productive lives. Visit the World Health Organization for more:


RGB Playground Lamp

Students are guided through the design process to model and produce a lamp that houses an Adafruit Circuit Playground Express. Students will then use block code to enable their Adafruit…

July 19, 2024
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Layered Bookmark (4x45min lessons)

Students will design and create a layered bookmark with background, midground and foreground. 1 lesson for brainstorming and introduction 2 lessons to work on their bookmarks 1 lesson to finish…

July 10, 2024
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Eco House

Saving energy is currently a global priority, and while the methods to conserve energy are widely known today, the actual implementation of energy-saving systems remains a challenging endeavor.   In…

June 26, 2024
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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


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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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.