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Unplugged at Home

Brazuka – Hand Spin Top

Inspired by a popular wooden toy, we created a lab maker remix of an ancestral artifact for 3D printing. A modern version of a hand spin top to bring this…

October 15, 2020

Exploring Arduino

This is a 5 days track focus on learning basic circuits theory and fundamentals in addition to Micro-controllers (parts and operation). Also, we will make some advance applications using the…

September 20, 2020

Digital Circuits

This is a 5 days Track focus on learning basic circuits theory and fundamentals in addition to Micro-controllers ( parts and operation ). Also we will make some applications using…

August 31, 2020

Training AI expressions

This lesson is derived from MIT personal image classifier and it has been adjusted to be given online. https://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/resources/ai/personal-image-classifier   In this lesson participant will be introduced to the basics…

July 19, 2020

Artificial Intelligent

Online workshop directed to kids to introduce them to Artificial Intelligent “AI”, also for them to experience the abilities of the new technology. Besides, knowing the machine learning technique and…

July 16, 2020

Bobble Head Craft Figurine

Create a bobble head figure out of household materials. Apply digital fabrication skills by scanning your head and generating a 3D model of you!   Safety note: This activity requires…

June 24, 2020

NeoPixel

This is an Online Lesson, Briefly discuss the Microcontorller in general but focuses on the use of Arduino. besides, the kids will be introduced to the LED ( Light Emitting…

June 20, 2020

Mini T-Shirt Cannon

Engineer a mini T-shirt cannon out of a toilet paper roll and rubber bands to shoot marshmallows at a target or into a crowd!   Safety note: This activity requires…

May 20, 2020

Cardboard Backboard

Learn how to make a cardboard backboard out of household materials. Once assembled, complete the attached statistics worksheet and see how many shots you can make. Apply digital fabrication skills…

May 5, 2020

Digital Piano

This is an online workshop; focuses on introducing the Microcontroller to kids by giving a brief about it and giving them the chance to use it, besides, to interact with…

May 3, 2020

Minecraft Coding

In this lesson, learners get an introductory experience with coding and computer science in one hour. Learners are going to know the meaning of “coding,” “programming” and “debugging” and then…

May 3, 2020

Unplugged: Make and Animate- The Thaumatrope

Makers create Thaumatropes with low tech methods and materials. Suitable for fab lab projects from home.

April 10, 2020

Unplugged: Projecting Geometry for Precision Cutting and Assembly

In this lesson you’ll learn how to make complex and precise geometric assemblies – like the skateboard halfpipe seen here – without the need for a laser cutter. Inherent to…

April 2, 2020

Unplugged: Design a Biomechanical Cyborg

This activity is a perfect blend of science and creativity as students work with their partner(s) to create their version of a cyborg appendage (or device). This part must mimic the workings…

March 28, 2020

Unplugged: Cardboard Container

Students are introduced to the Engineering Design Process by creating a cardboard container to hold the contents of their pocket. In this rapid prototyping activity, each step of the EDP…

March 25, 2020

Unplugged: Makers Making Good- Stopping the Spread

Designed for distance learning, home schooling, and maker machine independent learning. Using household materials, students prototype devices to help stop the spread of infectious diseases.

March 25, 2020
COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
Minecraft Coding

Minecraft coding is a 5 days online camp, where in each day participants will have one hour class to gain new skills about coding. Participants will be introduced to coding…

October 27, 2020
Binary Beading

Learn to bead and learn binary at the same time. Use the ASCII table to bead your name in binary.

October 17, 2020
Magic Ball Application

In this 5-day series workshop, children will learn how to create a magic ball app from scratch using App Inventor. They will first start by creating the app and on…

October 15, 2020
Exploring Arduino

This is a 5 days track focus on learning basic circuits theory and fundamentals in addition to Micro-controllers (parts and operation). Also, we will make some advance applications using the…

September 20, 2020
Build your own game with Scratch

In this 5-day series workshop, children will learn the basics of coding in the programming language “Scratch” in order to create their own game. Every day they will be a…

September 17, 2020
VR Environment Sessions

In these sessions participants will use Cospaces Software advanced features to build their own virtual environments. During a five days program they will go through advanced and pro features of…

September 17, 2020
Digital Circuits

This is a 5 days Track focus on learning basic circuits theory and fundamentals in addition to Micro-controllers ( parts and operation ). Also we will make some applications using…

August 31, 2020
VR Model

In this workshop, A program of 5 days will be given to participants with a one hour a day, they will be presented to VR technologies and how to build…

August 31, 2020
AI camp

The workshop will teach kids about AI and Machine learning. They will learn how we can train the machine (Laptop in this case) to respond to their input in the…

August 31, 2020
Ask the Checkers

The ASK THE CHECKERS is an activity to kids with 7-9 years old to get know each other better. Ask the Checkers is based on the same checkers guidelines. They…

August 20, 2020
PopBot and AI

In this workshop students will make a simple simulations of teaching a virtual robot how to do specific task. They will be able to apply they knowledge in AI and…

July 28, 2020
Doha Racing by Scratch

In this session, students will learn how to develop a multiplayer racing game using block programming in Scratch. Scratch is an online platform that allow users to use visual programming to create…

June 30, 2020
SCRATCH the Itch of Computer Programming

Students use a series of project challenges to create various types of computer games using the software language SCRATCH. While doing so they discover the scope of SCRATCH’s abilities, and…

June 28, 2020
App lab code

In this lesson, learners get an introductory experience with coding and computer science in one hour. This lesson is designed to quickly introduce the App Lab programming environment as a…

June 23, 2020
Traffic Light System

In this workshop participant will build a simulation for the traffic light system. They will apply the knowledge they have gained during the workshop to Build their Prototypes using Tinkercad…

June 21, 2020
NeoPixel

This is an Online Lesson, Briefly discuss the Microcontorller in general but focuses on the use of Arduino. besides, the kids will be introduced to the LED ( Light Emitting…

June 20, 2020
Talk To The World

In this lesson Students will use Scratch MIT platform to Build a scene, where they can send a message to the world and talk about their thought during Coronvirus Pandemic.…

June 1, 2020
Grocery Run

This is an online workshop, where participants are going to build a 3D world that is similar to a grocery shop and display food around the shop. They will also…

May 18, 2020
Digital Piano

This is an online workshop; focuses on introducing the Microcontroller to kids by giving a brief about it and giving them the chance to use it, besides, to interact with…

May 3, 2020
Minecraft Coding

In this lesson, learners get an introductory experience with coding and computer science in one hour. Learners are going to know the meaning of “coding,” “programming” and “debugging” and then…

May 3, 2020
Pacman 2.0

Participants will learn how to develop a new version of the famous PacMan game using Unity Editor. They will build the environment of the game and control the sprite to collect coins.​

March 26, 2020
MISSION TO MARS

Students will learn how to develop a game using Unity software. In addition to importing wheeled robots and ready terrain for Mars, students will learn how to import and control…

March 26, 2020
Build VR Environment

In this workshop, Students will use Unity software to build their own VR Environment . Also, They will use a modified Google VR Cardboard Headset to preview VR experiences.They can…

March 19, 2020
Physics with Arduino

In this session students will learn the meaning of physics in a practical way, so they will prove a physical theorem by using technology instead of complicated equations in schools.…

February 25, 2020
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…

November 14, 2019
Designing PancakeBot 3D Printed Extensions

Hacking machines to either improve, or change the original purpose of the machine can be rewarding and gives the user control over their machine as well as what they can…

November 2, 2019
Python Turtle Spirograph Pancakes

Spirograph is the name given to a drawing tool that makes “mathematical roulette curves” known as hypotrochoids.   In this lesson, you will learn how to use Python Turtle* to…

October 29, 2019
Industry-in-the-classroom toolkit

The Industry-in-the-classroom toolkit is a low-cost didactic station to promote the learning of industrial automation in a practical and contextualized way, while encouraging the critical thinking of the students. Through…

June 28, 2019
CODE+ART

In this workshop, children of autistic spectrum condition between 8 and 15 years, perform STEAM projects in groups, especially related to robotics, electronics, digital design and programming. The lessons propose…

June 28, 2019
Smart Factory and Industry 4.0

In the Smart Factory and Industry 4.0 lesson, students gain an understanding of the working principles of hydraulics and the electromechanical robot arm, their benefits in factories and how robot…

June 28, 2019
Giant educational breadboard

During the first course of Arduino we introduce the children to the use of an Arduino and breadboard.   In order to do this we start with a general overview…

June 28, 2019
Waving droid

In this lesson students are going to learn about basic electronics and basic programming and apply the received knowledge in making the waving droid project following the engineering design process…

June 28, 2019
Make your Fan Smart

In this Workshop students will learn how to make Automatic Fan ON & Off by detecting Temp. by using Arduino, Relay, Temp. Sensor. Students will learn what is Arduino, Inputs…

June 28, 2019
Smart Dustbin

Smart Dustbin means when we go in front of dustbin it get open automatically due to use of Ultrasonic Sensor, Servo Motor & Arduino. In this Workshop students learn how…

June 28, 2019
Electronic Complaint Box

In this workshop students will learn to make a Electronic Complaint Box with Arduino. Students learn concepts of electronics and Arduino programming by their own Electronic Complaint Box. Along with this…

June 28, 2019
Clap Switch

In this workshop students will learn to make a Clap Switch with Arduino. Students learn about electronics and programming by creating their own Clap switch.  Students will study the elements…

June 28, 2019
Digital Height Measurement

In this workshop student will learn how to make Digital device. For this they learn Bluetooth module, arduino, Sensors to make their imagination into real life with the help of…

June 28, 2019
Sleeping on Our Hopes and Dreams

Students us design software (we used Powerpoint) to create a graphic which states a personal goal or vision. They cut the image on the HTV vinyl cutter, and heat press…

June 27, 2019
Robotics Rumble

SEI’s season time line plan consist of the following: July – August 2019 Recruitment (secure students to participate in the program) September – November 2019 classes and meetings (2 times a…

June 26, 2019
Astroplant

Based on the initiative developed by a team of engineers, biologists, and designers of the European Space Agency and their partner Border Labs, the Fab Lab Onl’Fait is developing the…

June 26, 2019
Career Coaching

I will provide several coaching exercises to be completed thorough out the coaching sessions which will ultimately become a customized career plan.

June 21, 2019
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…

June 12, 2019
Sew your own smart crystal lamp

How can you combine electronics, chemistry and sewing in a single activity? By sewing a smart crystal lamp! You need to use a needle and thread to stitch the electronic…

March 3, 2019
Electronics Musical Instrument ( Piano)

We are use piano in our traditional event which has plastic button. After pressing button we can hear sound of swaras ( SA,RE,GA,MA,PA,DHA,NI,SA) instead of this type of piano we can…

January 17, 2019
Water Overflow Indicator

In this workshop student will make an instrument that would sense water overflow and that, it would give an alarm sound or a beep. In this workshop student will learn…

December 13, 2018
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…

December 6, 2018
Language Arts
Vinyl Bookmarks: Cambridge Public Library

This lesson is a guided introduction to a library workshop activity. Library patrons will create a vinyl sticker bookmark and library staff will assist in the design and fabrication of…

October 22, 2020
Robotics Rumble

SEI’s season time line plan consist of the following: July – August 2019 Recruitment (secure students to participate in the program) September – November 2019 classes and meetings (2 times a…

June 26, 2019
Digitally Fabricated Pinball

The Pinball PBL will investigate the essential concepts underlying the principles conservation of energy by calculating and discussing potential and kinetic energy in their machine. Students will apply creativity and…

June 12, 2019
Independent Reading Visual Representation

The Independent Reading Visual Representation Mini-PBL will challenge the students to become life-long, independent readers and share their love of reading with their classmates. Students will choose an independent reading…

May 23, 2019
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…

April 5, 2019
Personalized Avatar and Quote

Students will design their own avatar from a template and chose a quote that means something to them. The avatar and quote have been engraved on leather journals in the…

January 7, 2019
PRIDE PIECES: EXPLORING SOCIAL IDENTITY, HISTORY, AND CULTURE

Students will create a neck piece based on symmetry, patterns, and colors seen in Black Panther as well as in traditional African art. They will learn how to simulate cultural…

December 7, 2018
Shining the Light

Bryan Stevenson & Just-Mercy, 2019.   Black Panther-inspired High School lesson plan using Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. This lesson was revisited due to the release of the film starring…

November 30, 2018
Scrabble Tile Nametags

Learners will further develop their self portrait by identifying skills they have or want to gain, especially those that will make them leaders or useful to their teammates on group…

November 19, 2018
HISTORIES

Brazuka – Hand Spin Top

Inspired by a popular wooden toy, we created a lab maker remix of an ancestral artifact for 3D printing. A modern version of a hand spin top to bring this…

October 15, 2020

Ranked Choice Voting

This lesson will help students understand the ranked choice voting system. This system is used in Australia, the state of Maine, and many cities throughout the united states. Alaska currently…

September 9, 2020

Pyramid Doodle

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to digital fabrication by using a 3D pen. In this lesson students will use basic mathematics and measurements to recreate a…

August 28, 2020

Making a Fire Piston

This lesson is on how to make a unique fire making tool called a Fire Piston. It ignites a small piece of tinder by rapid compression/depression of air inside of…

March 24, 2020

Queen Annurca – Design and fab a t-shirt

This project was carried out for the middle school children of Valle di Maddaloni – Campania – Italy. This territory is known throughout Italy for the production of a quality…

February 12, 2020

Tessellated Pancakes with PancakeBot

This lesson will take the student on a journey through the tessellated world of M.C. Escher (Maurits Cornelis Escher), a Dutch artist born in 1898 that pushed the boundaries of…

November 7, 2019

Python Turtle Spirograph Pancakes

Spirograph is the name given to a drawing tool that makes “mathematical roulette curves” known as hypotrochoids.   In this lesson, you will learn how to use Python Turtle* to…

October 29, 2019

maker Paideia Unit – “Human Innovation: Moving from the Paper Age to the Cardboard Age and Beyond”

Based on early human innovations and transitions from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age to the Iron Age, make tools that represent how technologies change based on changing materials…

July 2, 2019

KIT:CUT – Laser Book

Think or invent a story. Let yourself be guided by the emotions evoked by colours and shapes defined by Kandinsky (triangles, circles and squares). Use the forms to create the…

June 28, 2019

Thaumatrope, the illusion of movement

This practical workshop introduces the student to digital fabrication, traditional animation and optical illusions. We will present the basic notions of object´s personalization and how optical illusions work by creating…

June 27, 2019

Uncovering a Hidden History – The Lives of African Americans During Reconstruction

Students will respond to research about the lives of African Americans during the Reconstruction era. This era was a critical time that laid the groundwork for many social issues we…

June 21, 2019

Digitally Fabricated Pinball

The Pinball PBL will investigate the essential concepts underlying the principles conservation of energy by calculating and discussing potential and kinetic energy in their machine. Students will apply creativity and…

June 12, 2019

The Art of the World Wars

The purpose of this Mini-PBL is to focus on how art (painting, photography, sculpting, propaganda, etc.) can be a valuable source to a historian. Students will use the Fabrication Laboratory…

May 24, 2019

Ball and Triangle Game

This is a Traditional native Game played by North East Woodland Indigenous People. The Game was originally made withe birch bark, sinew and a carved wood ball. We are changing…

May 17, 2019

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…

April 5, 2019

Alejibres with DF

Alebrijes are imaginative and colorful Mexican art sculptures that have transformed into mythical creatures of the culture that act as spirit guides. This lesson begins with students watching the Disney…

July 17, 2018
MULTI-CULTURAL LEARNING
Binary Beading

Learn to bead and learn binary at the same time. Use the ASCII table to bead your name in binary.

October 17, 2020
Brazuka – Hand Spin Top

Inspired by a popular wooden toy, we created a lab maker remix of an ancestral artifact for 3D printing. A modern version of a hand spin top to bring this…

October 15, 2020
Make A Sundial

Students will use fab lab tools to create a custom sundial for their area and learn how to mark it with important yearly events.

July 16, 2020
Talk To The World

In this lesson Students will use Scratch MIT platform to Build a scene, where they can send a message to the world and talk about their thought during Coronvirus Pandemic.…

June 1, 2020
End-Grain Chess Board

This lesson is designed for those interested in getting hands-on time with wood shop-based tools. In this lesson plan we’ll go over how to build a playing surface for one…

April 16, 2020
Testing Insulation

This lesson will cover a method for testing the insulation properties of a given material using water. It discusses how to use a control to compare the properties of the…

April 8, 2020
Unplugged: Design a Biomechanical Cyborg

This activity is a perfect blend of science and creativity as students work with their partner(s) to create their version of a cyborg appendage (or device). This part must mimic the workings…

March 28, 2020
IoT Health

In this session, students will go through the engineering design process to design and build a heartbeat monitoring system using Arduino IDE and IoT At the end of the lesson…

January 28, 2020
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…

November 14, 2019
maker Paideia Unit – “Human Innovation: Moving from the Paper Age to the Cardboard Age and Beyond”

Based on early human innovations and transitions from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age to the Iron Age, make tools that represent how technologies change based on changing materials…

July 2, 2019
Digital Manufacturing Initiation Workshops

· 2D design with free software   · Laser and vinyl cutting   · 3D design with free software   · 3d print   · Introduction to electronics

June 28, 2019
Thaumatrope, the illusion of movement

This practical workshop introduces the student to digital fabrication, traditional animation and optical illusions. We will present the basic notions of object´s personalization and how optical illusions work by creating…

June 27, 2019
Design and Build an Alaskan Cabin

Lesson Summary: Level : Grades 5 -12 (Modifications could be implemented for younger students with design materials being cardboard and not a computer designed model.)   This book can also…

June 26, 2019
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…

June 12, 2019
Digital Diorama Immersion

This Spanish I PBL will combine the Spanish culture with the verb estar. Students will work in pairs to create a digital diorama with a theme that is based on…

May 24, 2019
LED Yup’ik male dance fans

Combine tradition and technology in learning how to make a glowing Yup’ik dance fan! They were used in winter ceremonies, accompanied by masks they helped illustrate the story told by…

May 18, 2019
Mask Making

This lesson takes the classical mask making style of the indigenous people of Alaska and combines it with tech-based lessons that include design, spacial reasoning, and math! These masks can…

May 17, 2019
Ball and Triangle Game

This is a Traditional native Game played by North East Woodland Indigenous People. The Game was originally made withe birch bark, sinew and a carved wood ball. We are changing…

May 17, 2019
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…

April 5, 2019
PRIDE PIECES: EXPLORING SOCIAL IDENTITY, HISTORY, AND CULTURE

Students will create a neck piece based on symmetry, patterns, and colors seen in Black Panther as well as in traditional African art. They will learn how to simulate cultural…

December 7, 2018
Shining the Light

Bryan Stevenson & Just-Mercy, 2019.   Black Panther-inspired High School lesson plan using Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. This lesson was revisited due to the release of the film starring…

November 30, 2018
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…

July 17, 2018
Alejibres with DF

Alebrijes are imaginative and colorful Mexican art sculptures that have transformed into mythical creatures of the culture that act as spirit guides. This lesson begins with students watching the Disney…

July 17, 2018
Arts
Brazuka – Hand Spin Top

Inspired by a popular wooden toy, we created a lab maker remix of an ancestral artifact for 3D printing. A modern version of a hand spin top to bring this…

October 15, 2020
Imagine future of jobs collage toy

If the world in the future will change very fast . How is future jobs look like?  For kids who want to speculate about the future of their job in…

October 11, 2020
Imagine future of jobs workshop

In the Future of Jobs workshop our aim is to facilitate children to reflect on their skills and passions in view of imagining interdisciplinary futures concerning their professional identities. The…

October 11, 2020
Anprino Light Painter

The light painting technique is nothing new. It consists of taking long exposure photographs while someone, or something, moves with coloured lights in dark spaces. This usually gives visually interesting…

October 6, 2020
Ask the Checkers

The ASK THE CHECKERS is an activity to kids with 7-9 years old to get know each other better. Ask the Checkers is based on the same checkers guidelines. They…

August 20, 2020
Hack Your Body

In this workshop participants will learn the basics of Augmented reality and characters building . They will use ScratchMIT software to Hack a new character from their own imagination as…

July 13, 2020
Fabstory (Español)

Fabrica las Fichas Fabstory Historia inicial. Cuenta a los participantes la historia inicial utilizando los Fichas Fabstory Técnica 1: Qué pasaría si…. En un lluvia de ideas has 3 preguntas…

June 15, 2020
FABRIC SENSOR: TILT SENSOR

In this lesson we will create a fabric pressure sensor. A pressure sensor is a circuit that can display our orientation by visual representation. Using a metal bead and “hot…

May 20, 2020
FABRIC SENSOR: PRESSURE SENSOR

WHAT IS A PRESSURE SENSOR In this lesson we will create a fabric pressure sensor. A pressure sensor is a circuit created when a piece of resistive fabric is sandwiched between…

May 15, 2020
OrigaLED

Participants will learn how to create an electric circuit without cables but using conductive tape and sticker LEDs. Also, they will learn how to fold origami sheet into the shape…

April 16, 2020
Light-up card

Participants will learn how to create an electric circuit without using cables but using conductive tape and sticker LED. They will also create a gift card, integrate the sticker LED…

April 12, 2020
Unplugged: Make and Animate- The Thaumatrope

Makers create Thaumatropes with low tech methods and materials. Suitable for fab lab projects from home.

April 10, 2020
Light up textile

In this session, students will be introduced to wearable technology and basic electronic components to build an electrical circuit using a conductive tape and LED stick, in addition they will customize…

April 2, 2020
Unplugged: Design a Biomechanical Cyborg

This activity is a perfect blend of science and creativity as students work with their partner(s) to create their version of a cyborg appendage (or device). This part must mimic the workings…

March 28, 2020
Laser Cut Cardboard Art Stencil

This is a basic tutorial on how to create an art stencil out of cardboard or paper. It can also be multiple layers of stencils all of which are easily…

March 26, 2020
Laser Cut Bracelet

This lesson shares how to make a unique bracelet design that is both fun, easily customized, and can be made from many different types of materials.

March 24, 2020
Queen Annurca – Design and fab a t-shirt

This project was carried out for the middle school children of Valle di Maddaloni – Campania – Italy. This territory is known throughout Italy for the production of a quality…

February 12, 2020
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…

November 14, 2019
Tessellated Pancakes with PancakeBot

This lesson will take the student on a journey through the tessellated world of M.C. Escher (Maurits Cornelis Escher), a Dutch artist born in 1898 that pushed the boundaries of…

November 7, 2019
Python Turtle Spirograph Pancakes

Spirograph is the name given to a drawing tool that makes “mathematical roulette curves” known as hypotrochoids.   In this lesson, you will learn how to use Python Turtle* to…

October 29, 2019
Stop Motion Movies

This is designed as a 3 hour field trip. If you have more time for this activity students can design and 3D print files on their own. Students will use…

September 11, 2019
CODE+ART

In this workshop, children of autistic spectrum condition between 8 and 15 years, perform STEAM projects in groups, especially related to robotics, electronics, digital design and programming. The lessons propose…

June 28, 2019
Alquimétricos: Opensource DIY/DIT building blocks systems

Fabrication of a basic geodesic structure building block system kit using simple handcraft tools and recycled materials and bamboo sticks. The activity is targeted low income community classrooms educators, families…

June 28, 2019
Recycling For Toys

The lesson aims to introduce students to Reusing and Recycling of waste in creating their own products or toys in particular. The lesson will also introduce kids to electronic devices…

June 28, 2019
KIT:CUT – Laser Book

Think or invent a story. Let yourself be guided by the emotions evoked by colours and shapes defined by Kandinsky (triangles, circles and squares). Use the forms to create the…

June 28, 2019
Electronic Rakhi

In this workshop students will learn to make an electronics rakhi with Basic electronics. Students learn about electronics by creating their own electronics Rakhi.  Students will study the elements and…

June 28, 2019
Laser Cut Word Art

This can be a short activity to just dip student toes in the pool of laser cutting for digital fabrication. It is a late add activity in the final weeks of…

June 28, 2019
Thaumatrope, the illusion of movement

This practical workshop introduces the student to digital fabrication, traditional animation and optical illusions. We will present the basic notions of object´s personalization and how optical illusions work by creating…

June 27, 2019
Magical greeting card

In this workshop students will learn to make a magical greeting card. Students learn about basic electronics by creating their own Paper circuit.  Students will study the elements and principles…

June 27, 2019
Robotics Rumble

SEI’s season time line plan consist of the following: July – August 2019 Recruitment (secure students to participate in the program) September – November 2019 classes and meetings (2 times a…

June 26, 2019
Decorative Clip

In this activity students will learn to make a Decorative Clip with Electronics technology. Students learn about electronics by creating their own Decorative clip.  Students will study the elements and…

June 26, 2019
Magical Flower Pot

In this workshop students will learn to make a magical flower pot with arduino. Students learn about electronics and programming by creating their own magical flower pot.  Students will study the…

June 26, 2019
3D Print a Team Logo

3D printing has revolutionized prototyping and manufacturing, and as the technology advances, access to these machines becomes increasingly available and more affordable. Students with knowledge of these systems are able…

June 25, 2019
FANTASTIC CREATURES OF DIGITOYS

In this workshop the children design the creatures of their fantasies through a digital plasticine and then be fabricated with the help of machines to make toys: 3D printers.

June 15, 2019
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…

June 12, 2019
Digitally Fabricated Pinball

The Pinball PBL will investigate the essential concepts underlying the principles conservation of energy by calculating and discussing potential and kinetic energy in their machine. Students will apply creativity and…

June 12, 2019
10th Grade Youth Field Trip Fab Lab Ponce and Isabela

Towns Kids Youth were challenged to explain to class members and other High School Kids what is a Fab Lab and what our Executive Members are sacrificing for the development…

June 7, 2019
Mini PBL Kinetic Art

Using the information gathered from research, each group will develop a visual presentation that includes a video and a kinetic art mobile, demonstrating an understanding of the essential questions. The video…

May 24, 2019
Mask Making

This lesson takes the classical mask making style of the indigenous people of Alaska and combines it with tech-based lessons that include design, spacial reasoning, and math! These masks can…

May 17, 2019
LASER CUT LIGHT BOXES

Create your own personalized light box that includes LED strands and DC power supply. The image, LED light colors and display box dimensions are up to you!!  Time: 16 hours…

May 17, 2019
Ball and Triangle Game

This is a Traditional native Game played by North East Woodland Indigenous People. The Game was originally made withe birch bark, sinew and a carved wood ball. We are changing…

May 17, 2019
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…

April 5, 2019
Sew your own smart crystal lamp

How can you combine electronics, chemistry and sewing in a single activity? By sewing a smart crystal lamp! You need to use a needle and thread to stitch the electronic…

March 3, 2019
Learn CAD Design with Light Play

We use the Exploritorium’s light play activity to explore light and learn how to design and cut objects on the laser cutter. The laser-cutter is a versatile tool used throughout…

March 1, 2019
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…

February 8, 2019
Through the Lens of an Artist

Students will research a famous artist and piece of artwork before painting their own wooden glasses made with a laser and adding lenses to create a piece of art!

January 7, 2019
PRIDE PIECES: EXPLORING SOCIAL IDENTITY, HISTORY, AND CULTURE

Students will create a neck piece based on symmetry, patterns, and colors seen in Black Panther as well as in traditional African art. They will learn how to simulate cultural…

December 7, 2018
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…

December 6, 2018
Scrabble Tile Nametags

Learners will further develop their self portrait by identifying skills they have or want to gain, especially those that will make them leaders or useful to their teammates on group…

November 19, 2018
Edge Lit Signs

Students design a decorative plate, laser engrave and cut it, then assemble it into an edge lit sign with an LED.

November 16, 2018
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…

November 9, 2018
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…

July 17, 2018
Alejibres with DF

Alebrijes are imaginative and colorful Mexican art sculptures that have transformed into mythical creatures of the culture that act as spirit guides. This lesson begins with students watching the Disney…

July 17, 2018
DIY Adinkra Symbols with 3D Printing

Students create custom Adinkra symbols using a variety of different methods including low-tech art supplies and digital fabrication machines including a 3D printer and vinyl cutter. After completing the ELA…

July 13, 2018
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…

May 31, 2018
Laser Cut Lantern

Ethnic Chinese celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival worldwide by lighting lanterns. This lesson will introduce students, from all backgrounds, to this tradition and its associated folklore. Rather than purchasing mass-produced plastic…

December 13, 2017
DIY Lego Accessories

The goal of this lesson is to use the design process to create accessories compatible with LEGO minifigures. The advantage of this lesson is that the objects can be modeled…

November 13, 2017
Imaginary Village

Students will use TinkerCAD to create imaginary houses or buildings using basic geometric shapes. At the end of the lesson, each student will have their 3D printed building. Together, students…

November 13, 2017
Make Your Own Cookie Cutter

In this lesson students will design custom cookie cutters in 3D modeling software and then 3D print them to produce a functional object.

November 13, 2017
Mask Making

Digital Fabrication Across the Curriculum (Phantom Mask Aligned to National Standards for Theatre Education): Using the Phantom of the Opera as a case study, students gain appreciation for the terminology…

November 13, 2017
Circuit Exploration

Children are fascinated and engaged by toys that light up and move. This lesson is an example of how teachers can take advantage of this fascination by combining digital fabrication…

November 13, 2017
Pinball Machine

A 9th grade class can learn conceptual physics as students explore digital fabrication tools to design a pinball machine. When they laser cut their prototypes, students will gain an understanding…

November 13, 2017
3D Printed Grabbers

This lesson will teach STEM and design concepts. It is adapted from an 8-module curriculum centering around the use of 3D printed prosthetics and other assistive devices. This curriculum is…

November 9, 2017
Project Nightlight

Students will study the elements and principles of design and understand how they  are used to create a 3D printed computer programmable night light. In this lesson, students will conceptualize…

November 9, 2017
Mathematics

Binary Beading

Learn to bead and learn binary at the same time. Use the ASCII table to bead your name in binary.

October 17, 2020

Individualized Initial Ring

Students will create an “initial ring” using the design process in Tinkercad. This lesson is designed for use after students have had practice applying the basic skills needed for Tinkercad…

August 10, 2020

Make A Sundial

Students will use fab lab tools to create a custom sundial for their area and learn how to mark it with important yearly events.

July 16, 2020

Cardboard Backboard

Learn how to make a cardboard backboard out of household materials. Once assembled, complete the attached statistics worksheet and see how many shots you can make. Apply digital fabrication skills…

May 5, 2020

End-Grain Chess Board

This lesson is designed for those interested in getting hands-on time with wood shop-based tools. In this lesson plan we’ll go over how to build a playing surface for one…

April 16, 2020

Unplugged: Projecting Geometry for Precision Cutting and Assembly

In this lesson you’ll learn how to make complex and precise geometric assemblies – like the skateboard halfpipe seen here – without the need for a laser cutter. Inherent to…

April 2, 2020

Programmable LED Display

This lesson is all about showing grades 9-12 students the essentials of fabrication and programming to create their own unique LED display. The students will be shown how to use…

November 17, 2019

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…

November 14, 2019

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…

November 13, 2019

Tessellated Pancakes with PancakeBot

This lesson will take the student on a journey through the tessellated world of M.C. Escher (Maurits Cornelis Escher), a Dutch artist born in 1898 that pushed the boundaries of…

November 7, 2019

Designing PancakeBot 3D Printed Extensions

Hacking machines to either improve, or change the original purpose of the machine can be rewarding and gives the user control over their machine as well as what they can…

November 2, 2019

Python Turtle Spirograph Pancakes

Spirograph is the name given to a drawing tool that makes “mathematical roulette curves” known as hypotrochoids.   In this lesson, you will learn how to use Python Turtle* to…

October 29, 2019

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,…

July 11, 2019

makerPBL – Projecting Parabolas

The Unit is designed to introduce/reinforce the student’s knowledge of quadratic functions. The unit will begin with PHET simulations on the characteristics of quadratic functions, applying their knowledge to digitally…

July 2, 2019

Alquimétricos: Opensource DIY/DIT building blocks systems

Fabrication of a basic geodesic structure building block system kit using simple handcraft tools and recycled materials and bamboo sticks. The activity is targeted low income community classrooms educators, families…

June 28, 2019

Zero2Maker : Robotics

Safety while working Understanding basic safety rules and discussing its importance. Basic Connection Learning Simple Circuits, Insulator,Conductor and Power Flow of Electricity Understand Voltage, Amp and series- parallel connection. Working…

June 28, 2019

Giant educational breadboard

During the first course of Arduino we introduce the children to the use of an Arduino and breadboard.   In order to do this we start with a general overview…

June 28, 2019

Make your Fan Smart

In this Workshop students will learn how to make Automatic Fan ON & Off by detecting Temp. by using Arduino, Relay, Temp. Sensor. Students will learn what is Arduino, Inputs…

June 28, 2019

T-Shirt Printing

In this Workshop students will learn how to print T-Shirts @ home. Learning objectives are –     To motivate students for group discussion –     Learn 2D Design, Laser cutting.  Along with this concepts…

June 28, 2019

Water Dispenser

In this Workshop students will learn how to make Water Dispenser to avoid water wastage. Learning objectives are –     To motivate students for group discussion –     To think on water scarcity problems…

June 28, 2019

Name the places

Students will understand how they can use 2D design to make big name plates Learning Objectives- To understand geometric concepts with the help of 2D design To Understand functioning of…

June 27, 2019

Solar based PVC lamp

In this workshop students will learn to make a Solar based PVC Pipe table lamp. Students learn about Solar Energy creating their own Solar based Pipe table lamp. Students will study…

June 27, 2019

Prosthetic Hand

Objectives and /or Goals Develop a Prosthetic Arm and Hand using common materials and 3D printing. Students will explore design, construction, teamwork, and materials selection and use. Groups will follow…

June 26, 2019

Robotics Rumble

SEI’s season time line plan consist of the following: July – August 2019 Recruitment (secure students to participate in the program) September – November 2019 classes and meetings (2 times a…

June 26, 2019

Decorative Clip

In this activity students will learn to make a Decorative Clip with Electronics technology. Students learn about electronics by creating their own Decorative clip.  Students will study the elements and…

June 26, 2019

Magical Flower Pot

In this workshop students will learn to make a magical flower pot with arduino. Students learn about electronics and programming by creating their own magical flower pot.  Students will study the…

June 26, 2019

Career Coaching

I will provide several coaching exercises to be completed thorough out the coaching sessions which will ultimately become a customized career plan.

June 21, 2019

FANTASTIC CREATURES OF DIGITOYS

In this workshop the children design the creatures of their fantasies through a digital plasticine and then be fabricated with the help of machines to make toys: 3D printers.

June 15, 2019

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…

June 12, 2019

Digitally Fabricated Pinball

The Pinball PBL will investigate the essential concepts underlying the principles conservation of energy by calculating and discussing potential and kinetic energy in their machine. Students will apply creativity and…

June 12, 2019

10th Grade Youth Field Trip Fab Lab Ponce and Isabela

Towns Kids Youth were challenged to explain to class members and other High School Kids what is a Fab Lab and what our Executive Members are sacrificing for the development…

June 7, 2019

That’s a Wrap: Applying Three Dimensional Geometry to Design a Candy Container

Students will use their understanding of the properties of three dimensional solids to design a candy container meeting specific constraints. Students, working in pairs, will complete a two and three dimensional…

May 24, 2019

Ceiling Tile Room Art: Rational Expressions

Students will improve the learning environment in the 11th/12th grade math room by creating (12″x 24″) acrylic ceiling tiles that show a challenging rational function. The tile will have a…

May 24, 2019

Algebra 2: Games of Chance

In this unit, students will design a game of chance and use that game as a platform to discuss one or more types of probability. In particular, students will focus…

May 24, 2019

Ball and Triangle Game

This is a Traditional native Game played by North East Woodland Indigenous People. The Game was originally made withe birch bark, sinew and a carved wood ball. We are changing…

May 17, 2019

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…

April 5, 2019

Set the (VR) Screen: Wearable Device Designer

Students are challenged over the course of five (5) lessons to develop a cardboard virtual reality headset. Working as a “company” or in groups, learners will fulfill job specific tasks…

March 5, 2019

Heating Up!: Wearable Device Designer

Students are challenged to both program an Arduino and engineer a circuit to measure a player’s temperature. In pairs, students will practice both computer and electrical engineering. Groups will simulate…

January 31, 2019

All Tied Up: Wearable Device Designer

Students are challenged to develop a wearable shoelace device. The device should both keep the wearer’s shoelaces tied and be easily removable. The lesson uses 2D vector design software and…

January 28, 2019

Catapulting into Digital Fabrication

This lesson will introduce students to the essential concepts underlying the principles of 2 dimensional dynamics in a gravitational field. Along with the study of dynamics, students will construct either medieval…

December 19, 2018

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…

December 6, 2018

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…

November 9, 2018

DIY Adinkra Symbols with 3D Printing

Students create custom Adinkra symbols using a variety of different methods including low-tech art supplies and digital fabrication machines including a 3D printer and vinyl cutter. After completing the ELA…

July 13, 2018

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…

May 31, 2018

Technical 3D Modeling

This project will promote learning digital fabrication using the constructionist learning theory, providing students space to learn through open-ended project-based experiences and helping students understand the real world value of…

November 20, 2017

DIY Lego Accessories

The goal of this lesson is to use the design process to create accessories compatible with LEGO minifigures. The advantage of this lesson is that the objects can be modeled…

November 13, 2017

Imaginary Village

Students will use TinkerCAD to create imaginary houses or buildings using basic geometric shapes. At the end of the lesson, each student will have their 3D printed building. Together, students…

November 13, 2017

Make Your Own Cookie Cutter

In this lesson students will design custom cookie cutters in 3D modeling software and then 3D print them to produce a functional object.

November 13, 2017

Circuit Exploration

Children are fascinated and engaged by toys that light up and move. This lesson is an example of how teachers can take advantage of this fascination by combining digital fabrication…

November 13, 2017

The Oresmian Coordinate System – Bridge

In this lesson, students are guided in a structured learning activity (building a 3D bridge). Students go through an iterative process to learn how designs can be developed and improved…

November 13, 2017

3D Printed Grabbers

This lesson will teach STEM and design concepts. It is adapted from an 8-module curriculum centering around the use of 3D printed prosthetics and other assistive devices. This curriculum is…

November 9, 2017

Chess Set Design

This lesson includes the design and fabrication of chess sets as well as a redesign of a chess set for the visually impaired. Students learn how to design and fabricate…

November 9, 2017

GeoConstructix

The primary focus of this lesson is on the inter-relationship between geometry and fabrication. GeoConstructix adapts digital fabrication concepts by focusing on the inter-relationship between geometry and Computer-aided design and…

November 9, 2017
Engineering
Customizing 3D Printed Fingertips

This lesson will take body systems interactions to the next level! To start students create a model of their skeletal, muscular and skin systems working together using common craft supplies…

October 29, 2020
Customized Board Game Pieces

Imagine if you could design your very own game piece for your favorite game like Candyland, Monopoly or Mancala! In this lesson students will customize a small game board piece,…

September 18, 2020
VR Environment Sessions

In these sessions participants will use Cospaces Software advanced features to build their own virtual environments. During a five days program they will go through advanced and pro features of…

September 17, 2020
VR Model

In this workshop, A program of 5 days will be given to participants with a one hour a day, they will be presented to VR technologies and how to build…

August 31, 2020
Wild Creatures

In this lesson, students will create an animal using the basic shapes found in TinkerCAD. Students will construct their animals using paper and pencil before transferring their compositions to TinkerCAD. Upon…

August 28, 2020
Pyramid Doodle

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to digital fabrication by using a 3D pen. In this lesson students will use basic mathematics and measurements to recreate a…

August 28, 2020
Individualized Initial Ring

Students will create an “initial ring” using the design process in Tinkercad. This lesson is designed for use after students have had practice applying the basic skills needed for Tinkercad…

August 10, 2020
PopBot and AI

In this workshop students will make a simple simulations of teaching a virtual robot how to do specific task. They will be able to apply they knowledge in AI and…

July 28, 2020
Shapes into Shelters

In this lesson, students deconstruct a picture of a house into its constituent shapes, before using TinkerCAD to recreate that home, shape by shape, digitally. This lesson provides the option…

June 28, 2020
Bobble Head Craft Figurine

Create a bobble head figure out of household materials. Apply digital fabrication skills by scanning your head and generating a 3D model of you!   Safety note: This activity requires…

June 24, 2020
In a Jam: A problem based challenge for Sports Medicine

In this lesson students will reflect on the “Everyday in the life of a Biomedical Engineer” by solving a design challenge based on creating a custom finger splint for an…

June 22, 2020
Modeling Flight: The Basics of Aerospace Engineering

This lesson immerses participants in the knowledge base and processes of an aerospace engineer. While designing their own working airplanes, students will learn about the science involved with making things…

June 22, 2020
Traffic Light System

In this workshop participant will build a simulation for the traffic light system. They will apply the knowledge they have gained during the workshop to Build their Prototypes using Tinkercad…

June 21, 2020
Mini T-Shirt Cannon

Engineer a mini T-shirt cannon out of a toilet paper roll and rubber bands to shoot marshmallows at a target or into a crowd!   Safety note: This activity requires…

May 20, 2020
FABRIC SENSOR: TILT SENSOR

In this lesson we will create a fabric pressure sensor. A pressure sensor is a circuit that can display our orientation by visual representation. Using a metal bead and “hot…

May 20, 2020
FABRIC SENSOR: BEND SENSOR

WHAT IS A BEND SENSOR In this lesson we will create a fabric bend sensor. A bend sensor is a circuit created when a piece of resistive fabric is sandwiched between…

May 20, 2020
FABRIC SENSOR: PRESSURE SENSOR

WHAT IS A PRESSURE SENSOR In this lesson we will create a fabric pressure sensor. A pressure sensor is a circuit created when a piece of resistive fabric is sandwiched between…

May 15, 2020
Cardboard Backboard

Learn how to make a cardboard backboard out of household materials. Once assembled, complete the attached statistics worksheet and see how many shots you can make. Apply digital fabrication skills…

May 5, 2020
End-Grain Chess Board

This lesson is designed for those interested in getting hands-on time with wood shop-based tools. In this lesson plan we’ll go over how to build a playing surface for one…

April 16, 2020
Pick Up Bot

The workshop is to build an open source robotic arm that can be used for Pick and Place tasks. The students will have the pre-lasercut robot parts made of acrylic,…

April 15, 2020
Unplugged: Make and Animate- The Thaumatrope

Makers create Thaumatropes with low tech methods and materials. Suitable for fab lab projects from home.

April 10, 2020
Testing Insulation

This lesson will cover a method for testing the insulation properties of a given material using water. It discusses how to use a control to compare the properties of the…

April 8, 2020
Unplugged: Projecting Geometry for Precision Cutting and Assembly

In this lesson you’ll learn how to make complex and precise geometric assemblies – like the skateboard halfpipe seen here – without the need for a laser cutter. Inherent to…

April 2, 2020
Unplugged: Design a Biomechanical Cyborg

This activity is a perfect blend of science and creativity as students work with their partner(s) to create their version of a cyborg appendage (or device). This part must mimic the workings…

March 28, 2020