Fab @ Home Teacher Resources

Please email Sarah Wallace with any questions!

Remote Learning Lessons

How to set up a Tinkercad Clasroom

Tinkercad Resources

Other STEM Resources

Tinkercad @ Home

NAT GEO Kids How 3D Printers Work from Youtube

CMSD is lucky to have lots of 3D printers for students and teachers to use to bring projects to life and learn about digital modeling! We have a few Makerbots and Ultimakers at the EPC DF+STEM Lab, but the majority of our printers are Flash Forge Finders and Inventors. These are great, easy to use machines that get kids learning and making! We use Tinkercad.com to create our designs!

Check out this video that shows you all the awesome things Tinkercad can do!

During remote learning, students can set up a a Tinkercad account on their own, or with their teacher’s help and learn how to use the website and design some basic objects. Some teachers may give student’s challenges to design objects while other students might work through the projects here on this page.

Once a student has completed all of the design challenges and shared them with Ms. Wallace, they will be able to choose a project that will be printed out and delivered once we get back to school.


kahrae house | Tinkercad

Making in Schools from A to Z

Fab Labs, STEM Labs, and Makerspaces in CMSD schools

Do you have a makerspace in your school? Or maybe your school just received a grant to build one and you want to know what is next! Will it be a Fab Lab? A Makerspace? A STEM Space?   What’s the difference? Check out more on this topic here:  Fab, STEM, Make.  The resources below will be helpful for anyone wanting to learn more about making in school, what to buy, where it should go, how to use, how to teach with it and everything in between. Make Magazine is attributed with starting the Maker Movement and is the expert in makerspaces and all things making.  Their playbook below is an amazing resource, please, start there.

Make Magazine’s Makerspace Playbook

Make Magazine’s Youth Makerspace Playbook

Let’s talk Pedagogy and the Design Process

What should go in a Fab Lab / STEM Lab / Makerspace? 

Always start with Cardboard

3D Printing in YOUR classroom 

How to use an Electric Cutter in your classroom

Lasers Lasers Lasers

Electronics and Computer Science

Still have questions? Want to talk, brainstorm, plan a project, get advise?  All of those things are my favorite. Please reach out to the CMSD Fab Lab manager- sarah.wallace@clevelandmetroschools.org to talk about making in your classroom.  

Cleveland Cavaliers & Goodyear STEM Makeovers

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Due to the extreme generosity of the Cleveland Cavaliers & Goodyear, CMSD has been given an overwhelming gift.   The district build the EPC DF+STEM Lab at our professional center that will host workshops for teachers to learn the basics of Digital Fabrication as well as serve as a Library of technology that teachers can borrow to use in their classrooms.

NBA.com Coverage of this event 

Now that the EPC DF+STEM Lab is complete, we have moved onto phase two of this partnership.  The Cleveland Cavaliers and Goodyear will be completing 5 STEM SPACE MAKEOVERS in CMSD K-8 schools over the next 3 years.  We are looking for 5 CMSD schools who will benefit from a $25,000 STEM SPACE makeover!



Applications for the 2021-2022 school year must be completed by October 1st. 

In order to qualify for this makeover, please be sure your school:

  • is a CMSD K-8 School
  • has a space that is in need of a makeover that would be primarily used for STEM
    • Library / media space
    • computer lab
    • science lab / classroom
    • extra classroom
  • Has a team of 3-5 teachers who would take on the role of Lead STEM teacher and attend workshops and training sessions.
  • Can work with a construction team to have access to your building for approximately one month of work time, during which the space can not be used by teachers or students.
  • Is not on the list of schools being considered for closure nor has it been constructed in the past five years.

The $25,000 can be used for paint, furniture and STEM equipment only. 

Any questions? Please contact sarah.wallace@clevelandmetroschools.org

Mobile Fab Lab Visits

Are you interested in the Mobile Fab Lab visiting your School? 

*** Due to Covid-19, the Mobile Fab Lab is not currently active*** 

Please check out the Workshops at the EPC STEM Lab 

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The Mobile Fab Lab is a part of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.   If you are a teacher or administrator at a CMSD school, the MFL can visit your school and engage your students in Digital Fabrication!

There are a few ways you can request the MFL to visit your school :

  1. Apply for the CMSD Fab Teacher Program, this is a year long program that continues as long as you teach for the district.  The MFL will visit your school for your students to complete a project an teachers will receive training on how to do Digital Fabrication in their own classrooms with a 3D printer and or vinyl cutter!   This program is only open to CMSD teachers who teach grades 3-8.   Only 10 teachers are chosen per year.
  2. Request the MFL to visit for one day . The MFL will visit your school for approximately 4-5 hours during a school day, engaging up to 100 students in exposure digital fabrication projects.  These visits are meant to to introduce students to DF and STEM projects, and are designed for students in grades K-8.

Please note, the MFL schedule fills up quickly. We will try to accommodate all requests. Preference is given to those teachers who attend workshops at the            EPC DF+STEM Lab . 

Use of the MFL is free for all CMSD schools and students.

Due to limited resources, time and personnel, the MFL is not visiting schools, community partners or other groups at this time. 


  • It is the main contact person’s responsibility to clear this plan with the Principal of the school (or site supervisor) to ensure that the plan is feasible and that the logistics are appropriate and can be met. 
  • It is assumed that all children participating in the MFL have photo released forms on file with CMSD. If any students do NOT have this form completed, it is the school’s responsibility to let the MFL team know and /or indicate this with a paper bracelet. 
  • Any students with health issues, particularly, respiratory issues and or allergies should have necessary medicines on hand if an emergency should occur. 
  • While the MFL team will try their best to accommodate all students regardless of ability, due to physical restraints this might not be possible. 
  • The materials and machines on the MFL can be dangerous therefore safety measures are put in place.  If students do NOT adhere to these measures, or if their behavior is causing a danger to themselves or others they will be asked to leave the MFL and not participate in the activity. 
  • Use of the MFL and all activities are FREE for any CMSD school and students. These materials are NOT for district employees 
  • The MFL is owned and insured by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Girls in STEM

It is wonderful to see so many young girls involved with STEM with the Mobile Fab Lab program in CMSD.   Our hope is that by exposing students at a young age to Digital Fabrication, that more students, girls particularly, choose to focus on STEM related studies in high school and pursue a degree in a STEM field.   Organizations like the Girl Scouts are doing great work with promoting STEM with their members.


I recently received an email including a note from a 7th grade girl, Bella who had found the MFL website and was excited about the projects we show here.  She shared this article with us about Tips on how to get girls involved with STEM. Check it out!





  • All students should have access to and can be successful with FAB 
  • All teachers, no matter subject or grade,  can incorporate FAB into their curriculum 
  • Fab projects should be rigorous and rooted in content standards
  • Maker and Fab projects can be used as formative and cumulative assessments and should be graded accordingly 


This list was compiled by Sarah Prendergast Wallace.  The projects are a conglomerate of projects that can be found all over the web, some great resources are: thingiverse.com, tinkercad.com, scopesdf.com, makerbot.com.

Frugal Fab

Digital Fabrication has changed the way the world designs and makes things. It has allowed people with an idea to hold a tangible realization within days or even hours.   Pushing DF into K-12 formal education has allowed tactile learners to experience content in new ways, shown students a different way to think about things in three dimensions, and provided users of all ages a new way to demonstrate their learning while mastery 21st-century skills.


I believe, that if you are on the DF in schools bandwagon, you most likely agree with the idea that Digital Fabrication is great.  Great for students, great for teachers, all around great.  It is also expensive.


The Fab Foundation has a great post on how to set up a Fab Lab, and what you’ll need to do so.   They estimate that the cost to start a full lab is $40k-$100k in machines and consumables.  That is a LOT of money.


In the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, we are lucky  enough to work with The Cleveland Cavaliers and Goodyear.   Those two companies have generously given the district $500,000 over five years to promote STEM in CMSD.  We are so excited and thankful for this generosity and are looking forward to what our teachers and scholars can do with it!


We could have bought top of the line, no expense spared equipment that could make professional grade impressive things. But we didn’t.   We’ve opted for Frugal Fab.


Digital Fabrication in a K-8 setting needs to catch kids attention and get them excited about learning content. It doesn’t need to be the highest quality amazing machine in the world.  For that reason, instead of buying one $3,000 3D printer, we bought TEN $300 3D printers.   Instead of having one top of the line machine that sits in a lab that students only see on special trips or in pictures, we now have 10 (actually it’s more like 30) affordable 3D printers in CMSD classrooms that students use every day.  


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For 3D printing in K-8, we use Tinkercad.com, a great free website that is perfect for beginners to start from scratch and maker great things.  For a printer, we use Flash Forge FindersThese are fantastic little machines that are durable, reliable, easy to use and cost $299!  The software to control the device is free and can be run off any computer.  So for $300 and a computer most schools or teachers already have, students can start designing and demonstrating learning today and hold their products in their hands tomorrow. 


For vinyl cutting, we use Silhouette Cameos.  Not only can these machines cut through vinyl easily to create all of the same things you can do on a large Vinyl Cutter ( big

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projects might just take a while), they can also cut through paper, leather, fabric and more!  They are versatile and easy to use and the free software the machines use feels like an expensive design software that will teach students some basics of 2D design.   A starter kit costs just $199 and comes with everything you need to start making today. Teacher’s days at the die-cut machine are over! This will allow you to digital fabricate labels, signage, stickers, magnets, iron ons for shirts, paper projects, it’s really a wonderful product.



These two machines and some consumable materials for them will cost teachers/schools less than $1000 and get students creating things with digital fabrication on an advanced level in a very short amount of time.  While a full Fab Lab also includes laser cutters, CNC routers, electronic equipment and more, for a K-8 classroom, these two little guys are a great place to start.


Happy Making!

CMSD Fab Lab Schedule

To ensure the safety of our students and teachers, Mobile Fab Lab is not currently visiting schools due to Covid.

The EPC lab will be offering workshops, pds and open lab time during this school year.

Please make sure you are signed up for our Newsletter to receive any information and updates on CMSD Fab Lab programming.

Getting Started with 3D Printing


3D printing is a wonderful way to get kids excited about learning and technology.  Not only will learning how to 3d print something engage students with math and science in a new way, but it will also teach them a new 21st century tool that could be their ticket to a career in the STEM field.

3D modeling and printing can be introduced to students as young as 1st grade! The success of these projects depends on how familiar your students are with working on a computer, how strong their spatial reasoning skills are and how willing they are to struggle with a project and try to improve their work.  The projects below are geared towards students in 3rd grade or higher.  Many can be differentiated for the subject matter being covered in your class.  Reach out to the MFL team to discuss details for your students.

3D printing in your classroom is a great way to improve student interest and engagement with content and school!  The CMSD Fab Lab has 3D printers available to borrow to use in your classroom from the Lending Library.   Follow the steps below to familiarize yourself with 3D printing before bringing one into your classroom:  

INTRO to 3D Printing 

1. Watch this short general intro to 3D printing video form youtube.  (3mins)

2. Watch this recorded CMSD Fab Lab 3D Printing Workshop (1hr) Here are the slides from the workshop

3. Log into Tinkercad, or make a free account. If you are new to Tinkcad- watch this 10 minute video overview of tinkercad . Next complete the Tinkercad Practice

Youtube Eunny has TONS of how to tinkercad videos, check them out! CUG Labs also has a great youtube channel with a few awesome step by step tutorials

4. Once you’ve watched the videos, completed the practice and set up a tinkercad classroom, email Sarah at sarah.wallace@clevelandmetroschools.org to set up a time where you can borrow a 3D printer.

Other Useful links:

Intro to 3D printing google slides for STUDENTS.

MFL Giant Project List (this list has projects for 3D printing as well as laser cutters and vinyl cutters)

How to set up and use your Flash Forge Finder or Inventor

Additional CMSD Fab Lessons +Resources.

Makerspace Playbook

Makerbot 3D Printing Lessons


Thingiverse Education


Meet the Fab Team


Sarah Prendergast Wallace, Fab Lab Coordinator 

Sarah has been running the CMSD Fab Lab programs since 2016.  She spent seven years teaching Math, Engineering and Art at the NYC iSchool in New York City before moving back to Ohio to join the Fab Team.  After growing up in Northeast Ohio Sarah attended Kenyon College where she studied Mathematics and Religious Studies. Next, she moved to New York to attend graduate school at NYU focusing on Secondary Math Education.   After attending NYU’s ITP EdCamp Sarah become passionate about maker education and began teaching MakerEd courses including Bridge Building, Paper Engineering, Pop-Up Book Design and Mathematical Art. As the Fab Lab Coordinator Sarah works with students, teachers, and schools to develop and implement fun Maker and Fab projects in the Mobile Fab Lab. She is also running the Cleveland Cavaliers and Goodyear EPC DF+STEM Lab, a professional development lab where CMSD teacher can learn about digital fabrication and how to use it in their classrooms by attending workshops, borrowing technology from our large library of 3D printers and Vinyl cutters  and become part of the maker community in CMSD.

Sarah’s MTT talk on Paper Engineering 

Email sarah:  sarahpwallace15@gmail.com or sarah.wallace@clevelandmetroschools.org

MFL STEAM Fellowship Program

Fellows Info

MFL STEAM Fellowship

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.


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!



  • 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 


Thank you for your interest in the Mobile Fab Lab Fellowship program.  The application period is now closed. If you are interested in receiving information about the fellowship in the future, or if you would like information about scheduling an exposure activity please email Sarah Wallace at sarahpwallace15@gmail.com


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