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!




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.


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


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.


The pieces for the bird houses were designed using 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!


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!





Projects by Fab Technology

Fab projects are an excellent way to engage your students in core content while also exposing them to 21st century skills, new technology and alternative ways to demonstrate learning. These projects follow the TPAK model and lend themselves to a transdisciplinary, project-based learning setting.

More coming soon!

These are some of our project ideas,  to see a full list, with more information, please check out our google slides presentation of projects:


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!


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.


Next students got a quick introduction to Digital Design with an overview of  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.


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!!


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!

It has been so exciting and fun to explore science with Rockets with students all over CMSD for the past month! img_1180


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!


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:



MFL in the Labor Day Parade!


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 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


Week Long Workshop: Freak the Might, Ornithopters

Week Long Workshop: Flying Machines

Week Long Workshop: Circuits Circuits Circuits

Week Long Workshop: Glowing Lanterns





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:


Frequently Asked Questions


1. 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!

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

The MFL is run by Sarah Wallace  (learn more on the Fab Lab Team page) and student interns from MC2 STEM High School.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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!

8. How long can the MFL visit my school? 

The Mobile Fab Lab visits CMSD schools for one day at a time.

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

Depending on the age of the students, only 5-10 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.

10. What aged students can visit the van?

The MFL is ready to work with students K-8. Students in grades 3 and up will be able to engage in all aspects of the MFL’s lessons.  Students in grades 1-2 will complete a light version of the activities and students in PreK or Kindergarten will do an exposure activity.  

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Is the trailer accessible? 

The MFL has two doors with two steps and a back drop gate with a ram that is accessible for those with disabilities.  The MFL team will do its best to ensure all students can access the van and see the technologies inside. 

14. Who should go out with the students to the trailer?

The classroom teacher MUST come out to the MFL with their class.   A substitute teacher is not sufficient.   Other adults may join the class if they would like such as paraprofessional, aids or parent volunteers 

*please note that the adults are there to help supervise and assist with small tasks and should not expect to complete any projects.

15. Where should I bring my students? 

Please look over the schedule you were sent for your school’s visit.  Please be ready with your class at the nearest door to the MFL as close to your scheduled time as possible.   We want to make sure every student has a full experience, so we need to stick to the time schedule as closely as we can.

16. What should my students bring with them? 

For most visits, students do not need to bring anything with them to the MFL, but each activity is different and customized so this may change.  For example, some activities may require students to complete a short worksheet before the trailer visit and bring it out with them. 

17. Do students need a permission slip? 

The MFL is a part of CMSD, students do not need a permission slip to participate. 

18. What happens if it rains? 

If the weather is not cooperative- rain, cold or excessive heat, students may need to stay indoors for the bulk of the activity.  This means they may be constructing objects in a classroom and just going out to the trailer for a few minutes to see how the machines work-  they should be prepared with a jacket if necessary. 

If the weather is very bad-  heavy rain or snow or excessive cold,  the visit may need to be rescheduled. 

Please contact us with any questions or for more information about the MFL :

Branding/Logo Workshop 12.6.14


Branding Workshop

This is a $80 interactive workshop to guide you through the design process of logo creating and or branding. You will learn how to design a logo, make it into a file, put it on a website or use with technology. The $80 will also go towards a t-shirt creation and wearable session using laser cutters and vinyl cutter (sticker maker) and more. There will be design professionals to help and assists anyone that comes! This is for anybody!!! Athletes, musicians, rappers, singers, students, dancers, designers, actors/actresses and anybody who wants to create their own brand. YOU MUST RSVP BY DEC 1!!!