Fabstory – SCOPES-DF

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Age Ranges
Fab-Fabrication.1, Fab-Design.1
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  1. Make the Fabstory Blocks
  2. Initial story. Tell to the participants an initial story using the Fabstory blocks
  3. Technique 1: What would happen if…. On a brainstorming ask 3 questions than starts with: What would happen if…?
  4. Reflection on Technique 1. With all the group, make a reflection about the nature of this kind of questions
  5. Story constructions.
  6. Explanation. We gonna use two different methods to create stories and in some parts of the activity we are going to reflect about them and finally they are going to share the stories with all of us
  7. Technology 1: White paper and pencil
  8. Technology 2: Fabstory blocks.
  9. Share the stories.
  10. Final reflection. Observe the materials they use on the creation of stories and reflect about how do they think they were made, after some participants reflections, share some information about the Fab Labs and similar concepts
  11. Close the activity. Thanks to everyone for their participation with your personal style.


What You'll Need

  • This guide
  • Fabstory blocks design(15 cards for every group of participants is the suggestion)
  • Laser cutter
  • 3mm Cardboard or MDF (The cards are small, so maybe you can reuse some residual materials from the Fab Lab)
  • White paper (They can come from reused source) (2 per team of participants)
  • Pencils and/or pens (2 per team of participants)


  • Personalized presentation based on this Presentation template, computer and projector (optional)
  • Some acoustic instruments
  • Music player
  • Other storytelling helpers


The Instructions

Make the Fabstory Blocks

On a previous moment or session, if it is possible with all participants of the workshop, go to the laser cutter and make the Fabstory blocks, try to generate some questions about the process.

  1. Download, modify if you want, the fabstory blocks file, you can find them here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1JK-HIr2Y-zP3WuGxYhneMtlprc-aDb-T
  2. Laser cut the final design in the quantities you need (Take care of safety and health preacutions)
  3. While the machine is cuting the materials, think together about the processes involved, with some questions like:
  4.  how the laser cutter works?
  5. how was the file designed and translated to machine language?
  6. if it is possible to modify the file?
  7. what else you can make or design?
  8. Keep in mind try not to give the answers you know, instead of that try to they gave what they think are the answers and why they think that is the answer, and what new questions are generated
  9. Complement this session with a social activity at the end, it can be a meal, an art show or a game
  10. Store the blocks and prepare for the workshop

Initial story

Tell to the participants an initial story using the Fabstory blocks, you can be helped by other people, acoustic or digital music and sounds, or other objects.

  1. Prepare previously an story with the blocks you made in the previous step, and using the same steps of the workshop
  2. Tell the story to the participants. You can be helped by someone, or musical instruments ,audio records or other objects.