Ask the Checkers - SCOPES Digital Fabrication

Lesson Details

Age Ranges
Fab-Safety.1, Fab-Fabrication.1, Fab-Design.1

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Mileidy Martins
K-12 teacher
I was born on 20th of September, in Valencia, Venezuela. In 2006 I studied at Polytechnic of Milan, Italy through the Erasmus program. In 2007 I obtained a degree in Interior and Equipment Design at Polytechnic of Castelo Branco –… Read More


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 are groups of two, each group must have a checkerboard and 24 round pieces.

The difference is in knowing the other through questions. Each time a player advances the player can ask a question. When one loses, the player will not be able to ask questions. The more the player advance, the more earn and the more know their colleague.

In the end they have to prepare a pitch about their colleague.

This activity works memory, communication and keeps the child focused.  


What You'll Need

  1. Laser cutter;
  2. MDF or plywood board;


The Instructions

Laser cutter engraving the game of checkers on MDF or plywood board

In this step it's necessary to have a MDF or Plywood board to draw the checkers; Draw and fill the squares; Draw the round pieces numbered 1 and 2;

Follow the safety orders provided by equipment suppliers and instructors;

Place the plate on the Laser Cutter;

Use a computer to send the drawing to the Laser Cutter;

At the end, remove the plate;


  • (Fab-Safety.1): I can safely conduct myself in a Fab Lab and observe operations under instructor guidance.
  • (Fab-Fabrication.1): I can follow instructor guided steps that link a software to a machine to produce a simple physical artifact.
  • (Fab-Design.1): I can be responsible for various activities throughout a design process within a group under instructor guidance.

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