Industry-in-the-classroom toolkit - SCOPES Digital Fabrication

Lesson Details

Age Ranges
Fab-Safety.2, Fab-Programming.2, Fab-Electronics.2, Fab-Modeling.2, Fab-Fabrication.2, Fab-Design.2

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Felipe Laranja
Felipe Laranja
Fablab manager
Felipe is an instructor of Firjan SENAI, working with professional training and educational projects in the areas of industrial automation, creativity and innovation. SENAI’s 809 mobile and fixed operational units throughout Brazil receive more than 2.5 million applications for around… Read More


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 a set of miniature physical devices that simulate a factory environment, the project aims to democratize the use of training stations that bring to the classroom the real life context of a manufacturing process from the industry. This allows students to carry out hands on activities. The microelectronic devices available in the market today enable the creation of sensors, actuators, controllers and interfaces with the same functionality of industrial devices, but for use in an educational environment. With a design based on digital fabrication it is hoped that any educational institution in the world can build this project with the help of a 3D printer, a laser cutter and electronic devices.

What You'll Need

Mdf 3mm

Acrilyc 3mm


M3 x10mm screws


IR Infrared Obstacle Sensor

3-6V DC Motor with Reduction Box and Double Axle Mini Motor Redutor 12 Volts X 300 Rpm

IRF520 MOSFET DRIVER MODULE Push Button Module Arduino

Arduino uno


The Instructions

Introduction to Automation

Make an introduction about what is industrial automation.

Present to students how the factory process works. Using a sample control system run the factory explaining each step.


Teach programming logic and use mini industry as a real challenge that they must solve by developing the logic needed to make the factory work properly.


Teach basic electronics and use as an exercise the development of sensors and drivers for some parts of mini industry.


Teach 3d drawing on the computer and encourage students to develop new parts made with laser cutting and 3D printing for the mini industry.



  • (Fab-Safety.2): I can operate equipment in a Fab Lab following safety protocols.
  • (Fab-Programming.2): I can create a program with more than one instruction.
  • (Fab-Electronics.2): I can follow a schematic diagram and create a circuit including a microcontroller with electronic components.
  • (Fab-Modeling.2): I can construct compound shapes and multi-part components ready for physical production using multiple representations.
  • (Fab-Fabrication.2): I can develop workflows across four or more of the following: modeling softwares, programming environments, fabrication machines, electronic components, material choices, or assembly operations.
  • (Fab-Design.2): I can participate in design reviews with prepared presentation materials as well as give and receive feedback from peers.