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…

Bytes to Bites: Drawing Pancakes with G-Code

Create your pancakes with code!   This lesson introduces you to the concepts behind CNC Computer language called G-Code and walks you through a step by step introduction on creating…

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…

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…

IN THIS COLLECTION

This collection includes 3 lessons developed exclusively for the SCOPES-DF by Miguel Valenzuela, Inventor of the PancakeBot.

These lessons offer an entry point for food enthusiasts and technologists alike to explore digitally fabricated food.  The lessons were designed with students of all ages and educators of all types in mind.

PANCAKEBOT TEACHER GUIDE

Miguel Valenzuela has partnered with the Fab Foundation and the SCOPES-DF team to expand STEM learning and give exposure to digital fabrication technologies through food. This special collection is accompanied by a teacher guide for the PancakeBot.


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COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTED DIGITAL FABRICATION LESSONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Element Cereal Box Project

Apply knowledge of chemistry concepts learned in class and information collected from the internet and books to create an element cereal box that highlights a specific element from the periodic…

August 27, 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

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

Adapt A Bird

Students will use their problem solving skills and a vinyl cutter to help combat a neighborhood problem. Over the course of four class periods (3 hours in total) students will use…

July 28, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Continental Drift: Fabricating a World of the Past, Present, and Future

This lesson integrates digital fabrication into an 8th grade Earth and Space Science unit on plate tectonics. Using a vinyl cutter, teachers will guide students to create continental and landmass…

March 26, 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

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

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

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

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

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

3D Print a mini city

In this session, students will learn 3D modeling using Tinkercad software to design a city and made a prototype of it using digital fabrication tools such as the 3D printer can…

March 18, 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

DIY Vacuum Former

In this session students will make a simulation using the high temperature of summer at the desert in a manufacturing technology called Vacuum Forming. When there is a lack of…

February 20, 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

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

Heat/Light Activated Switch

The purpose for this lesson is to teach grades 11-12 students the concepts of transistors, while also introducing electronics design software to digitally fabricate a transistor switch circuit. The challenge…

December 9, 2019

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

Drone Design

Experiment with the science behind drone flight as grades 9-12 students design, fabricate, and build their own indoor drone. This lesson has students using various capabilities inside the fab lab…

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

Brand A-peal: Custom Vinyl Logos

Logos are symbols that visually represent an idea, organization, or individual. Over the course of three classes (hours), students will design and apply a vinyl decal onto athletic clothing using…

October 18, 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

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

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

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

Fabelicious: make your chocolate molds!

Making is great, but making with chocolate is even better! In this lesson, children will learn that with the help of digital tools they can craft what they love: chocolate.…

July 1, 2019

LightUP your FAB

Light is an essential thing in our lives and we have been able to capture it. LightUP is a fun and simple way to understand it. Children build a pocket…

June 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

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

Electronics Concepts

Electronics can be understood, after a concentrated study of concepts and the relationships between electronic components. The development of this understanding will empower students to design their own circuits for…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quiz Board

In this Workshop students learn how to make Quiz Board by using Basic Electronics Concept. Students learn concepts of basic electronics such as Conductivity, Good Conductor, Bad Conductor. Along with…

June 28, 2019

Portable Mobile Charger.

In this workshop students will learn to make a Solar based Portable Mobile charger. Students learn about Solar Energy creating their own Solar based Portable Mobile charger. Students will study the…

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

Fab Lab Mini Siege Engines

In this project you will be working in small teams to create a device capable of throwing a ping pong ball.   The device must be made with (and only…

June 27, 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

Adapt or Die

Students will simulate the evolution of a fictional bird species, the Bartulina, as it adapts from a rather sedentary land based bird to a far-soaring fierce hunter of aquatic life.…

June 27, 2019

Emosilla ReMAKE

  Emosilla l has the goal to sensitize kids to true emotions, and is based on the goals of authentic cultural exchange in Latin America, where it’ s start, and…

June 27, 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

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 Cap

In this workshop students will learn to make a solar cap. Students learn about Solar Energy creating their own solar cap. Students will study the solar energy, solar Panel & use…

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

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

Virtual Reality Welding Simulation

In a Welding/ Manufacturing Class Students will enter the class and review safety protocol with welding tools. Students will be given their objective, “Virtually build a frame for a four-wheeled…

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

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

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

An Assistive Artistic Device

Disabilities appear in many forms. Assistive devices help people with disabilities live a better life. In this project, students design and develop a useful assistive device for people challenged by…

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

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

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

Acrylic Circuits

This lesson works with students to learn basic skills in making; they will use CAD to make a design, laser printer to engrave / cut their design, calipers to measure,…

June 13, 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

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DIY bio

DIYbio is a global movement spreading the use of biotechnology beyond traditional academic and industrial institutions into the lay public. Practitioners include a broad mix of amateurs, enthusiasts, students, and…

June 6, 2019

Fragrance Synthesis and Entrepreneurship – Digital Fabrication Mini-PBL

In this Mini-PBL students will take on the role of entrepreneurs in research and developmental chemistry with the goal of synthesizing and promoting their own perfumes and colognes. Students will…

May 24, 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

Virtual Reality Cell Creation

The purpose of this Mini-PBL is for students to learn Cellular Biology content while developing competence in Unity development and 21st Century skills such as innovation through technology expertise and…

May 24, 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

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

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

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

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

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…

May 21, 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

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

LED and Acrylic Name Tags

Here’s a simple lesson for creating a cool LED lighted name tag for yourself or a whole classroom!

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

Popsicle Flashlights – Simple Circuits with a Switch

Learn about electricity and build a simple circuit with a switch using some very simple materials.

April 29, 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

Sea Floor Bathymetry

Students will demonstrate understanding of various sea floor features, create a digital and physical model of a sea floor, and then practice mapping the sea floor (bathymetry) using dowel rods…

April 2, 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

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

Soap-Making

Soap Making encourages educators to explore thermodynamics. Using a DIY vacuum mold machine, students will create a mold before adding scent and color to their soap to cast a mold.…

March 1, 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

Sand Casting Aluminum Parts

Sand molded casting is a metal casting process characterized by using sand as the mold material. The term “sand casting” can also refer to a machined part that was produced from the…

February 13, 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

Under the Lights: Wearable Device Designer

Students are introduced to the Engineering Design Process through a rapid prototyping activity. Each step of the EDP will be addressed while creating a prototype device using craft materials. This…

January 31, 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

Pregame Warm-Up: Wearable Device Designer

Students are introduced to the Engineering Design Process through a rapid prototyping activity. Each step of the EDP will be addressed while creating a prototype device using craft materials. This…

January 28, 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

AUTO OPERATED DIWALI LANTERN

This project one of the part of Diwali celebration with self creativity. Its celebration includes millions of shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, Around temples and other buildings in…

January 17, 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

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

Layers of the Earth with 3D printing

In this lesson students must complete calculations to create a model of the earth that is proportional to reality using Tinkercad.

January 7, 2019

Escape Room Puzzles

Students learn how to use CorelDRAW and Laser Cutters through creating Math and Science puzzles.

December 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

DF Labyrinth

In this lesson, students will design, prototype, and build their own Labyrinth games using both analog and digital fabrication.

November 28, 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

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.

November 9, 2018

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…

October 25, 2018

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…

July 26, 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

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

Quadcopter Challenge

The law defines an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) as “an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.” An unmanned aircraft…

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

Fab Checker Boards

This unit involves student learning, practice, and reinforcement of multiple fabrication skills and tools to create personalized checker boards. The student will practice and develop skills surrounding 3D printing, laser…

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

Animal Engineers & Designing For Survival Needs

During this lesson, students will work together on engineering design challenges and station-based activities for approximately 75 minutes each day. Day 1 will focus on the developmentally-appropriate design process: Think,…

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

Fabricated Cell Models

To encourage the students to deepen their knowledge of organelles of plant and animal eukaryotic cells. The students and teacher will develop models which include the use of the Shopbot,…

November 9, 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

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

Mp3 Speakers

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…

November 9, 2017

STANDARDS-ALIGNED

Lessons provide an explanation of effective teaching practices for alignment between Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS),and the digital fabrication design process.

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.