MFL STEAM Fellowship Program

We are very excited for the 2017-2018 school year!   Next year we will be rolling out the MFL STEAM Fellowship Program!   We are looking for approximately ten-fifteen  K-8 CMSD teachers are excited about incorporating STEAM and Making into their classrooms!  We are focusing on teachers who teach grades 3-8 in Math, Science or Art, but are open to all grades and subjects!

Teachers who complete the fellowship will earn one college credit AND earn a Mini Lab for their classroom!  A mini lab includes a 3D printer, maker and fab software for a computer in your classroom and continuing support from the MFL.

If you are a principal, please forward this information to your teachers who you think would be a good fit!

We are offering three branches of the MFL STEAM Teachers Program:

 

Engineering Birdhouses with the Design Process 

This program is perfect for math or science grades 3-8.   Students will learn about the design process through iterative work on bird houses.  This is interdisciplinary and teachers are expected to do work on the project outside of the time the MFL is at their school.

Visit One:  Students are exposed to the MFL and laser cutter and create cardboard pre-designed bird houses.                                                                                                                     Visit Two: students will create their own bird house design using cardboard construction and draw basic blueprints of their design.                                                                                 Visit Three: students will digitize their designs and create a prototype.                               Visit Four/Five: students will improve and iterate on their prototype before creating a wooden birdhouse for their community.

Digital Design and 3d Printing 

3D printing is a growing field that can be introduced to students as young as second grade!  In this program, students will create many 3d printed objects depending on your curriculum.  For example, a history teach might have their students design a replication of an ancient artifact from a culture they are studying, or design a building for a city they are creating.  A Science teacher might have students design animal and plant cells that can be taken apart or a globe that shows the different layers of the Earth. A math teacher could have students create different polyhedra with the same volume or surface area.  Or you can have students develop a new board game and design and 3d print pieces! The possibilities are endless!  3D Printing STEAM Teachers will work closely with the MFL team to develop projects for their students.

Putting the A in STEAM- ART TEACHERS ONLY

The MFL team is VERY excited to work with Art Teachers this year!  We have art projects that incorporate technology and math to varying levels of intensity and are hoping that you have some great ideas too!   Students might turn their tessellations made in Art class into digital designs and use the laser cutter to create magnets, or us the laser for print making!

 

FINE PRINT:

  • All applicants must be:
    • a CMSD teacher
    • able to coordinate two to five Mobile Fab Lab (MFL) visits in the fall of 2017
    • willing to work with the MFL team
    • able to attend one PD session over the summer (June 28th, July 24th or August 7th)
    • able a monthly meet up with the cohort
  • Use of the MFL is free to all CMSD schools.  Some material costs apply for specific projects.
  • Teachers must complete the fellowship to earn college credit and get a Mini Fab Lab installed in their classroom.

 

Not ready to be a MFL STEAM Teacher? Or do you teach K -2?  

If you’re not ready for the commitment to be a MFL STEAM Teacher or teach younger students, check out our MFL exposure activities. Exposure activities can be done with students of any age, k-12.  These activities are designed to expose students to the technology of the MFL and to create something for their classroom or something to take home.   These activities can be done in a short period of time, anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour and range in ability level and content connections.  Click here to see activities by level.

 

Questions?  Please Email the MFL coordinator- Sarah Wallace at sarahpwallace15@gmail.com 

 

Ready to apply?!!?  Please click here:

MFL STEAM Teacher Application 

 

All applications must be completed by June 9th at 11:59 pm.

Anti-Bullying Boxes

The Anti-Bullying Club at Clara Westropp School felt there was a need for students to submit anonymous notes about acts of bullying they witnessed or  personal requests to talk to a teacher about bullying. After reaching out to the Mobile Fab Lab we were abel to come up with a press fit design and some anti-bullying posters that would look great on the box!  The club built two large boxes that will be placed in public spaces in their school and they will check in on the submissions weekly!

 

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DINOSAURS!?!

Mr. Morris’ 3rd grade class at Charles Dickens School participated in an awesome in class FabLab activity this week!  We discussed how the laser cutter works, what pressform sculptures are and about Dinosaur skeletons and models.

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Below is a video of the laser cutting out the smaller dinosaur pieces:

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After examining a one foot dinosaur sculpture, the students used it as a guide to work collaboratively to build a three food tall T-Rex!  This larger dino was as big as some of the students!

 

This is a great example of an activity that is physically and spatially challenging for elementary aged students.  They have to work collaboratively to determine which pieces fit together where and use the strength of two students to snap the pieces together!  It also has instant gratification for students, at the end of the two-hour session the class had two large scale dinosaurs they could keep as class mascots!

 

This activity was adapted from Epilog Laser Dinosaur Model

Building Community Birdhouses

The sixth graders at Orchard STEM School in Ohio City did an amazing job building wooden bird houses with the Mobile Fab Lab last week.

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The pieces for the bird houses were designed using makercase.com and modifying the file to include a pitched roof, windows, door and a bird perch!  The walls and the bottom of the bird house are press-fit, so they fit snuggly together without using any glue- and cut on the Epilog Laser in the Mobile Fab Lab.

The sixth graders of Ms. Pastura’s class got to learn about lasers and the laser cutter and see it in action before constructing their bird houses and painting them bright colors.  The bird houses will be hung in the trees around the school for the community (of people, and birds) to enjoy!

Using Tinkercad to Design Hamster Huts!

The seventh graders at Euclid Park Elementary in Cleveland did an AWESOME job creating new huts for their class hamster- Mr. Wiggles! Ms. Pittman-Scott, the middle school science teacher at Euclid Park, worked with the MFL to create this great learning experience for her students!

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The students started by looking at existing hamster houses and discussing Mr. Wilggles’ behavior.   Next, we worked together to come up with a list of parameters that their designs needed to follow.  The students worked in groups of two or three to sketch out their designs before building them in Tinkercad.

 

We watched videos on how 3D printing works and the students had to take that into consideration for their designs.  Each group designed a hamster house that was no bigger than an 8 inch cube and had a door as well as windows for Mr. Wiggles. Each hamster hut took between 9 and 14 hours to print and they turned out great!  Mr. Wiggles seems to be enjoying his new huts!

 

 

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Projects by Design Level

Projects are grouped into three levels:  EXPOSURE, INTERMEDIATE, and FULL DESIGN.   The grade level for each activity is listed in parenthesis, but many can be differentiated for different grade levels if needed.  If you have never worked with the MFL before, please focus on the exposure activities.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

 

Exposure 

These projects introduce students (and teachers) to the technology available in the Mobile Fab Lab and possible to the design process.  These projects are mostly a one hour or one day project. They can connect to the content you’re covering in your classes, or act as a stand alone activity.

Trees through the Seasons (K-2)

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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!

Make your own Puzzle! (K-8)

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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.

Alphabet Magnets (K-2)

il_570xn-386004865_tuqnStudents 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!

Learn More Here!

Laser Cut Holiday Decorations (K-3)

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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!

GIK KITs (K-3)

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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!

Create your own Mask (K-4)

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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!

Bird Flyers (K-3)

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Straw Rockets (K-5)

rocketsStudents 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!     This activity can be done in an hour or can be part of up to a week long exploration into rockets!

Paper Circuits (3-8)

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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!  Can also be made into light up pop out cards!

Robot Keychains (5-8)

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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!

Intermediate

These projects allow students to use the technology in the Mobile Fab Lab and do a small amount of design work. These projects are mostly one to two day projects that should be done by a teacher who has some experience with the MFL.

Foam Gliders (2-8)

 Students can do a quick design to create their own glider template that we will laser cut and decorate.  Kids can then compete to see which glider has the best flight path and if time permits, iterate on their design.

Wind Turbine (3-6)

54ca5eb75debf_-_ea-wind-turbine-05-0413-deStudents 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!

Silhouettes (3-8)

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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!

Press Fit Boxes- Tissues, Piggy Banks, Journals, Dreams (3-8)

images (1).jpegThis 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!

Make our own Map! (3-8)

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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.

Tessellations (4-8)

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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.

Vinyl Cut Decals (3-8)

Students can design and create personal stickers for lockers, cell phones, or books.   Or they can work together to create a logo for a project or school group or team.  This machine can also be made to make t-shirts or large decals for walls or windows!

3d Printing- Mini Keychain (3-8)

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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 the class!

3D Models (3-8)

 Students can create a model of a plant and animal cell using 3d modeling or 2D design software that can be fabricated with the 3d printer or the laser cutter.

Can also make 3d printed cultural artifacts, tools, trophies, etc.  Can be adapted for any subject area.

Stackforms (4-8)

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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!

Make your own T-Shirt (5-8)

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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!

Learn More Here

Topography (5-8)

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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!

Laser Cut Magnets(5-8)

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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

 Full Design

These projects require the students to answer a design challenge question and/or evaluate and improve their designs.  These projects take four to ten days to complete (or can be done over the course of a grading period).

Hamster House Design (3-8)

hampster 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!

Design a Bird House (3-8)

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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.  Students will digitize their blue prints to create a cardboard prototype and go through the iterative process before creating a word bird house that can be painted and hung outside the school!

Game Design (5-8)

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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!

The Design Process

The Design Process is a simple model that can be implemented in in all subject areas and grade levels.  The underlying idea of the Design Process is that no project is ever perfect or complete. As educators we and our students should be of the mindset that we can always be innovating and improving our work! designprocess-poster-8x11web

The Mobile Fab Lab offers projects on three different design levels:

Introduction– these projects introduce students (and teachers) to the technology available in the Mobile Fab Lab and possible to the design process.  These projects are mostly a one hour or one day project.  An example of this type of project could be creating a holiday ornament that was laser cut. Students get to learn about the laser and see it in action and fabricate a small object, but no questions were asked for design work was completed.

Intermediate- these projects allow students to use the technology in the Mobile Fab Lab and do a small amount of design work. These projects are mostly one to two day projects.  An example of this type of project would be the Create a Bird House project- students get to draw rudimentary blue prints of a bird house and use software with the help of the Fab Lab team to digitize those plans and laser cut the cardboard pieces needed to create the bird house which can then be put together with hot glue.

Full Design- these projects require the students to answer a design challenge question and/or evaluate and improve their designs.  These projects take four to ten days to complete (or can be done over the course of a grading period).  An example of this type of project would be building upon the intermediate bird house project, students would then evaluate their designs based on the cardboard prototype to draw more accurate blue prints and improve on their digital design before laser cutting the pieces out of wood to be put together with nails and wood glue so the bird houses could actually be put outside and used by the community.

Click here to see project ideas organized by design level! 

Digitally Designing Volcanoes!

8th grade students at Euclid Park did an amazing job a few weeks ago learning about the Ring of Fire and experimenting with Digital Design and 3D printing!

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Before the Mobile Fab Lab arrived students reviewed what they had learned in Earth Science about volcanoes, plate techtonics and the Ring of Fire.  They also brushed up on plotting longitude and latitude points by creating a map of the Ring of Fire.

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Next students got a quick introduction to Digital Design with an overview of TinkerCad.com  In groups of three to four the students modified a pre-made model of the globe by adding small holes in the locations where major volcanic activity occurs.

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Students then got to visit the Mobile Fab Lab and see the 3D printers in action as the Fab Team worked to print all six globes in only two days!  The globes were designed with a larger hole on the top of the globe where materials could be poured in but could be easily plugged with a cork stopper. img_1795

Finally, back in the classroom, the students conducted the traditional baking soda and vinegar experiment with their globes.  We added in some dish soap for extra foam and food coloring for a bit of extra flair!  The end result was a simulation of what the earth would look like if all of its major volcanoes erupted at once!

Overall, this was a great example of how maker ed and digital design and fabrication can be used to enhance and deepen a science learning experience for students!

 

Pumpkin Puzzles at Charles Dickens

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These mini pumpkin puzzles were created with the laser cutter in the Mobile Fab Lab.  Students had to put on their thinking caps to put together a puzzle that had no picture on it!  After gluing the pieces of the puzzle together the students decorated their 3D pumpkins with glitter glue.   The 3rd and 4th graders did a great job with this STEAM activity! We also visited a Pre-K room and loved seeing the littles ones express their creativity with makers on their pumpkins!

 

Awesome Incentive Robots at Hannah Gibbons!!

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The students at Hannah Gibbons were so enthusiastic and excited about the Mobile Fab Lab, I can’t wait to go back and see them again!   For this visit, the Gold Scholar students (kids who did well in all of their classes and didn’t have any disciplinary issues) were rewarded with a trip to the Mobile Fab Lab! The students were able to learn about how the laser works and see it in action as well as get to make a little Fab Robot Keychain of their own!

The younger students, who can have a hard time with the tools, learned about the seasons and created a four season tree with laser cut leaves!

 

New Project Idea! Holiday Activity!

img_4891These adorable holiday decorations can be made by any student grades K-8!  Each decoration consists of 2 laser cut pieces of wood or cardboard that students can decorate however they wish with glitter and glue.  Older students can work on designing their own snowflake or tree silhouettes and learn to use the laser to cut their designs out themselves!

This activity could be done in half an hour or as long as a whole day !

Rockets, Rockets, Everywhere!

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We started by taking the Mobile Fab Lab trailer to Cleveland’s Great Lakes Science Center to make rockets with MC2’s 9th graders!  Students were able to work collaboratively to shoot rockets outside right next to Lake Erie!

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Last week the MFL team was at Orchard Elementary school where we made rockets with Ms. Btebit’s middle school classroom for students with individual education plans. The students were enthusiastic and had a blast making rockets and launching them in their classroom!

Our next stop at orchard was with the 2nd graders! These little ones were thrilled to make rockets after watching a rocket video in class with their teacher!  The kids worked collaboratively to make a rocket and launch it! Then they made adjustments to their rocket to try to improve the distance!

 

The last rocket stop was at Warner Girl’s Leadership Academy where fourth grade young ladies worked together to create and launch rockets on a beautiful fall day.   Students recorded the distance their rockets went and will later be analyzing the data by finding averages and making graphs of their data!

 

All of these Rocket Launch days were filled with science and fun!   Students got to build their own rocket using straws, tape, clay and laser cut wings!  This one hour long mini maker activity is a great way for students to have a hands on learning experience and get them making their own data for analysis in math and science.

img_1266This is a great mini maker activity, or can be expanded to a full on Fab activity during a week long investigation into rockets where students can design their own wings using computers and laser cut their own wings!

 

Interested in doing a rocket launch with your own students?  Contact the fab lab:  CleMobileFabLab@gmail.com

 

 

Giant Project Idea List

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

Straw Rockets

rocketsStudents 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!

Learn more HERE!

Trees through the Seasons

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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!

Learn more Here!

Robot Keychains

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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!

Learn more HERE!

Laser Cut Holiday Decorations

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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!)

Game Design

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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!

Learn more HERE!

Wind Turbine

54ca5eb75debf_-_ea-wind-turbine-05-0413-deStudents 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!

Learn more HERE!

Press Fit Boxes- Tissues, Piggy Banks, Journals, Dreams

images (1).jpegThis 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!

Learn more HERE!

Stackforms

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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!

Learn more HERE!

Alphabet Magnets

il_570xn-386004865_tuqnStudents 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!

Learn More Here!

 

Tessellations

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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

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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 KITs

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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!

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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

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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

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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!)

Learn More Here

3d Printing-  Bird Feeder/ Bird House

hexa_bird_house.png 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!

Blueprints 101

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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

hampster 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!

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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!

DIY Kaleidoscope

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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

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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

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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.

Learn More Here

What do we know about the USA?

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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.

Topography

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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!

Silhouettes

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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

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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!

Learn More Here

 

 

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

MFL in the Labor Day Parade!

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The Mobile Fab Lab was in Cleveland’s Labor Day Parade last weekend!  15 MC2 STEM students along with Ms. Mack and Mr. St.Claire participated in the 11th Congressional District Lab Day Parade on September 5th!

It was great to be a part of a fun Cleveland Community Activity. We really enjoyed the all-CMSD drum line and the students had a blast tossing candy to the parade watchers!

 

The MFL Is gearing up to visit schools in the next few weeks, email CleMobileFabLab@gmail.com with questions to to request a visit to your school or event!

Full Day Workshops

One Day workshops are designed for one class at a time (20-25 students) and take a full school day to complete.

We are still working on creating more full day workshops, but if you like a workshop we have in our 1 hour or 1 week long sections, please let us know, we can certainly adapt it to a full day!

Full Day Light Up Push Out cards

Full Day Sackforms

 

Mini Workshops that can be scaled up:

Mini Workshop Straw Rockets

 

Mobile Fab Lab Request Form

Week Long Workshops

Week Long workshops are designed for 20-75 students over the course of a
week. Most of these workshops come with the Mobile Fab Lab trailer and a team of 4-8 fabbers to help with the activity.  These workshops are more involved and require multiple sessions throughout the week (approximately 15 hours during the week) to complete a Fab project from start to finish. All week long workshops focus on The EngiDSC_2550neering Design Process. We hope that every student who participates in one of these workshops thinks about what they are making through this lens and eventually is capable of applying it to other problems they face.

 

Week Long Workshop: Angry Rockets

Week Long Workshop: Light Up Push Out Cards

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Week Long Workshop: Freak the Might, Ornithopters

Week Long Workshop: Flying Machines

Week Long Workshop: Circuits Circuits Circuits

Week Long Workshop: Glowing Lanterns

 

 

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Mobile Fab Lab Request Form

Mini Workshops

Mini Workshops are 1-hour long quick and fun STEM projects to get kids making and learning fast!  DSC_0012Mini workshops are for ONE class at a time and require little to no set up or pre work.  Our Mini Workshops can be scheduled last minute or in advance, a Fab Lab Team member will come to your school and run this quick and fun workshop (the trailer does not come on these visits)

 

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Mini Workshop Straw Rockets

Mini Workshop 3D Printing

Mini Workshop: Robot Keychains

Mini Workshop Balloon Racecars

Mini Workshop Seasons of Trees

Mini Workshop Design a Windmill

Mini Workshop  Push Out cards

MiniWorkshop Sliceforms

Mini  Workshop Circuits

 

Mobile Fab Lab Request Form

 

Have another idea for a Mini Workshop? Please contact the Fab Team: CleMobileFabLab@gmail.com

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Mobile Fab Lab? 

A Fab Lab (short for Fabrication Laboratory) or a MakerSpace is a creative, open work environment. Fab Labs and MakerSpaces have lots of technology and tools and encourage participants to MAKE stuff, not just talk about it or think about ideas, actually make prototypes and solutions to real world challenges.  The educational theory of Making is that students should be doing and making things all the time to really learn content. This hands on approach to education is changing the way teachers, students, and parents think about school and learning.

The Mobile Fab Lab is a mini Fab Lab on wheels!  Our Mobile Fab lab is housed in a 28 foot long trailer and contains big technology machines including laser cutters, 3D printers, a ShopBot and power tools! It also has lots of electronics materials and other craft objects that are helpful for making.  Our Mobile Fab Lab travels around Ohio and around the Country visiting schools and showing students and teachers why hands on learning is so important and inspiring many to build a Fab Lab of their own!

  • Do I have to pay for the Mobile Fab Lab to come to my school? 

A Mobile Fab Lab visit to any CMSD school is free. The CMSD school is only responsible for covering the cost of the materials consumed on the visit.

Any NON-CMSD school or organization will be charged for a MFL visit as well as covering the cost of materials. Details will be provided after a request is made. Please have a budget in mind when requesting the MFL.

  • How can I schedule a MFL visit? 

Please check out the Request the Mobile Fab Lab page to learn more about scheduling a visit and requesting the lab.

  • Who runs the Mobile Fab Lab? Who will help the students with the MFL activities? 

The MFL is run by Sarah Wallace and Andrea Lane (learn more on the Fab Lab Team page) and student interns from MC2 STEM High School.  Either Sarah or Andrea (or both) will always be with the MFL on a visit. Depending on the activity, number of days and students Sarah and Andrea may bring one or two other adult helpers and one to four student interns to assist with the activities.

  • What kind of technologies are available on the MFL?

The MFL currently has two Epilog Laser Cutters, a Roland Vinyl Cutter, two Ultimaker 3d Printers and a ShopBot Buddy on the mobile trailer.  We also have additional machines such as a Modela Circuit Maker that can be brought onto the lab if needed. The lab also has a large amount of smaller technology tools including power tools, soldering stations, lighting and wire electronics that can be used for a Fab project.

  • What kind of Safety Measures are in place on the MFL?

There are power tools and other dangerous materials on the MFL, it is NOT a playground. Therefore, students and adults will be expected to adhere to the safety rules set by the Fab Lab team. If anyone does not follow the rules, they will be asked to leave the lab.

All participants must wear closed-toe shoes in the MFL. When told by a MFL team member, participants may also be required to wear protective eye glasses, ear plugs, and or gloves, depending on the activity.

  • Can my students use the machines on their own? 

No one is permitted to use the machines or tools on the trailer without supervision until they are ‘certified’ by a Fab Lab Team Member- this includes adults!  After you are certified on a machine you will receive a certification card that you can take to other Fab Labs!

  • How long can the MFL visit my school? 

The Mobile Fab Lab can do 1 day visits (without the trailer), or 3-5 day visits(with the trailer).

  • How many students can be in the lab at one time?

Depending on the age of the students, only 5-15 students can be in the trailer at one time.  The Lab can accommodate up to 30 students max at one time (using different stations in the lab and classroom.  Depending on the duration of the visit and activity chosen the lab can handle up to 4 classes per day with a short activity, or 1 class over an entire week for a more involved activity.

  • How long does a MFL activity take?  

Some activities can be done in an hour, others take 20 hours.  Depending on how long the Lab is at your school and the number of students you want to work in the lab, the Fab Lab Team will work with you to pick an appropriate activity.

  • Why are people taking my picture? 

The MFL Team wants to share the awesome stuff we make together! We love to tweet and blog about our experiences! By participating in a MFL activity, the MFL team has the right to take your picture while participating in the activity and use it for their own materials. We understand that some students’ guardians may not have signed a media release form, if that is the case we have blue paper bracelets for you to put on your students to signify to us that we should not take their picture.

Please contact us with any questions or for more information about the MFL : CleMobileFabLab@gmail.com