All of the projects here are just a starting point. The Fab Team is happy to work with individual schools or teachers to create unique learning experiences! Most activities can be scaled for any grade level or time frame. Please contact the Fab Team for more information or if you have an idea of your own! CleMobileFabLab@gmail.com
Students build their own mini rocket out of a straw, paper wings, tape and clay. After launching the rockets students get to experiment to try to get their rocket to go further! Great for science students K-12! This activity can be done in an hour or can be part of up to a week long exploration into rockets, it also has great connections to Math and Science for ALL grades!
Trees through the Seasons
This is a perfect activity for younger students K-2! Students begin by talking about seasons and how they effect the leaves around us! This art and science lesson allows students to color leaves for all season and create a Laser Cut tree to glue their leaves to!
Robot Keychains is a great little activity to get students excited about making and learning about cool technologies! Students learn about Laser cutting and practice fine motor skills as they create a little robot keychain of their own! The Robots can be customized for your school or event! This can be a great full class activity, or some schools use it as a reward or incentive project for kids who have perfect attendance or have reached another achievement!
Laser Cut Holiday Decorations
This activity is great around the holidays but can be adapted to create other shapes as well! Students create a 3d stand up shape from laser cut pieces and can decorate them using glue and glitter!
Also great for: Halloween, St. Patrick’s day and Mother’s day (these ones have a cute spot to glue in a picture of the little one!)
This is a more involved activity that is best done over a few weeks with students grades 5-12. Board games are very fun and easy to play, but some are much more complex than we realize! This activity allows students to deconstruct their favorite game before designing their own! We can laser cut the game board and 3D print the pieces!
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Students will experiment with different paper blades to determine which shape creates the most energy. This is a GREAT activity for any alternative energy or sustainability unit! The Wind Turbine activity can be expanded to include laser cutting – students can digitally design and fabricate their own blades!
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Press Fit Boxes- Tissues, Piggy Banks, Journals, Dreams
This is a design activity. Students will use MakerCase to create a pressfit box then will design its purpose- it could be a cover for a tissue box, a piggy bank, or a secret keeper for them to record their dreams or a journal! Students can then decorate the box anyway they’d like!
Stackforms are a great introduction to many different digital fabrication programs! Students will use Tinkercad, 123DMake and Corel Draw to laser cut plans to create a 3D animal or shape and have to find the volume of an irregular shape! This activity gets kids thinking abstractly while applying spacial reasoning and math!
Students will learn about the Epilog Laser cutter as they see the letters cut out from wood! Next the kids can decorate the magnets with paint or markers or decoupage pictures of items that begin with that letter! Great for phonics!
Students will learn about tessellations and MC Escher before making their own tessellating shapes by hand. The activity can continue by digitizing the design and laser cutting tessellations.
Laser Cut Magnets
Students can design there own image, or we can scan pictures to laser cut magnets! These are great for a classroom management tool! Students can create any design they like, or as a separate project teachers can have them design a logo for the class!
GIK (Great Invention Kit) is a great way to introduce kids to a laser cutter and get them making things! These small cardboard pieces can be thought of as a different version of Legos. Students get to see a GIK Kit get laser cut then let their imaginations run wild as they create little mini inventions of their own and can take a GIK Kit home with them!
Make your own Puzzle!
This can be done with students of any age PreK to seniors! They can decorate a piece of wood any way they want using markers and then we will laser cut it into pieces.
Create your own Mask
This activity can be done with students of any grade! After learning about a different culture students can decorate their own mask! This could also be done with the ‘design your own super hero’ activity!
3d Printing- Mini Keychain
This activity is an introduction into 3D modeling and printing. Students use Tinkercad.com, a great free website, to tinker and design their own keychain with their name on it! We will bring a 3D printer to your classroom so students can see how they work and 3D print a keychain for every student in your class (and even the teacher too!)
3d Printing- Bird Feeder/ Bird House
This Activity requires students to be able to use Tinkercad, so it can start with an introduction or we can jump right in. Students design a bird feeder focusing on a specific shape (the one pictured is make of mostly hexagons). They will have to make precision drawings, make a cardboard prototype, 3D model the bird feeder and finally print in on a 3D printer. The entire Engineering Process!
This activity walks students through the process of a simple sketch, to a precision blue print drawing and allows them to design a bird house. The design and worksheet part of the activity can be done in class with their regular math or science teacher and then they can learn how to digitize their design and use the laser cutter to create their very own bird house. This is a great community activity- the bird houses can be put up around the school and students can track if birds use them,etc. See how to do it in your class here.
Hamster House Design
This activity is great for any class that has a class pet! Students work together to decide on parameters for their design and digitally design their own Hamster House to be 3D printed! A great activity for grades 4-8!
A 3D Printed Volcano!
This is a great twist on a classic science experiment! Students learn about chemical reactions, geography and earth science! Kids get to make a map of the Ring of Fire and other major volcanoes around the world before digitally designing a globe of their own with holes in it to represent volcanic activity. After 3D printing the globes the students get to see what it would look like if all the volcanoes exploded at once by conducting the traditional baking soda and vinegar experiment!
Kaleidoscopes are a great project for students studying light! This STEAM project allows students to think about how light moves and engineering to build and decorate their own Kaleidoscope!
Paper circuits are a great way to get kids thinking about science and how electricity works! This workshops allows students to learn about circuits and make their own light up paper circuit with copper tape, and LED, a 3V battery and a binder clip!
Light Up Push Out Cards
This is a true STEAM activity. Students can choose from many card options, from a house (as seen), a building, a Christmas Tree or a Roller Coaster and use the laser cutter to cut out the card. They then have to use patience and fine motor skills to make the card Push Out (which is trickier than it looks!) and build a simple paper circuit on the back of the card to make it light up. This activity is great for students in grades 6-12 and is perfect for any holiday! Students can also customize their card by adding windows or other designs.
What do we know about the USA?
In this activity each class will make one BIG make of the USA! Each student will be assigned 1 or 2 states and will have to become an expert on that state. They can write and or draw on the back of the wooden pieces facts like, the capital, state flower, largest industry, etc. Everyone in the class is engaged and learning and together they will know a LOT about the whole country.
This is a great students in grades 5-8! Kids can learn a little about topography and how the maps work before designing and creating their own maps of a given area or making their own out of thin cardboard and painting to represent a real map!
In this art activity students will take a photo of their profile and use technology to laser cut their profile out! This can be a great activity to do around the holidays to give away as a gift!
Make your own T-Shirt
This is a great activity for a club or sports team or for individuals. Students can use our Vinyl Cutter to design their own t-shirt and make a template. Next they use the template and screen printing materials to create their own shirt!
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Other Cool Ideas we want to try:
- design your own playground!
- build a catapult!
- rubberband helicopters!
- build water filters for countries without clean water
- design a zoo habitat