FAB4Good   Summer Institute   Media Lab   iPad Photos   FabPlay@Home


6 Different Makerspaces
8000 Total square feet of innovation
16 Digital Fabrication Machines
7 Educators Embedded in the spaces

Maker Empowerment

School Website We believe that experiential learning is the highest level of student engagement, and empowering students to navigate a dynamic world with self-confidence, analysis, creativity, and integrity allow them to contribute to, create, and shape the world around them.  Our Maker Spaces, including the Stirn Hall Fab Lab, Media and Communications Lab, Woodshop, Innovation Lab and Computational Thinking and Design classroom, provide our students a safe and open environment to explore creative ideas and complex systems through the use of digital fabrication tools, technology, and collaborative resources. Designing, making, testing, reflection, and iteration are essential to developing a maker-mindset for students to engage in experimentation, problem-solving, and design thinking opportunities. Learning by doing and maker-empowerment will give our students the confidence, experience, skills and motivation to shift from consumers in our world to creators of content and change.

Fabrication Projects

  • Project Title
    December 17, 2021 / Comments Off on Project Title / Uncategorized

    This is the first of the block project posts. test

  • 3D Design with Young Makers
    February 11, 2021 / Comments Off on 3D Design with Young Makers / Uncategorized

    TinkerCad remains one of the most powerful and accessible tools out there for design and modeling of 3D objects. When I first learned of TinkerCad, I was thinking of the end-goal to be 3D printing. However, I have reframed this in my mind – the best use of this tool is the visualization of 3D

  • Ameria’s Guitar Case
    January 10, 2020 / Comments Off on Ameria’s Guitar Case / Uncategorized

    Ameria is a 7th grade student full of creative ideas and a strong do-it-herself mentality. I first met Ameria when she was a new student last year, and she came to see me in our transitional makerspace while the new facility was under construction. I was parked in the hallway with a laser cutter, Carvey,

  • Mastery, Autonomy, Purpose
    December 12, 2019 / Comments Off on Mastery, Autonomy, Purpose / 2019-2020,PK-5,Student Work,Uncategorized

    I recently tuned into the Safe For Work Podcast and the hosts were giving a mention of Daniel Pink’s Drive. What really motivates us, and what really satisfies us? In their quick Cliffs’ Notes, what it boils down to is Mastery, Autonomy, and Purpose surrounding what we do, or what we are asked to do.

  • Choice and Chase’s Bank
    December 5, 2019 / No Comments » / 2019-2020,PK-5,Student Work,Uncategorized

    As a lifelong MegaFan of systems it has been exhilarating and challenging to work in the space of deep student choice. In the makerspace we have to go far beyond welcoming choice; we really have to build an experience where choice feels the norm. We are learning through versions and drafts, through mistakes and following

  • Celebrating The Process
    November 13, 2019 / Comments Off on Celebrating The Process / PK-5

    Should we tell you we don’t care about the finished product? We have a Monday afternoon enrichment option here in in our Nido called “Maker Monday.” PreK Students who choose to stay after lunch on Mondays can participate in making activities. As a new Maker educator with our lab space opening just a year ago,

  • 3D Letter Boxes
    November 7, 2019 / Comments Off on 3D Letter Boxes / Uncategorized

    A combined K-1 class Making Experience P E R S P E C T I V E This is the focus word for our combined K-1 classroom this year. What a great word to choose for this first year of piloting a combined learning model. Everything depends on the perspective with which we choose to

  • Ellis Phone Sleeve
    April 11, 2019 / Comments Off on Ellis Phone Sleeve / Uncategorized

    Project Overview:    Initially, I was intrigued by a phone sleeve that someone designed and laser cut out of leather and wood. I thought it would definitely be an interesting and fun project to pursue, so I decided to try to create my own while making adjustments to adapt to my individual situation.    

  • Hot Glue Gun Holder
    January 25, 2019 / 14 Comments / 2016-2017,Fab Fix,Student Work

    WWOriginally when i started this project i looked online for already existing solutions to the problem of hot glue guns sitting sideways on tables and burning them. This above is what i found, it holds the hot glue gun alright, but not the larger sized ones. I then set out to make my own, this

  • American Flag Hawken Stamp
    November 14, 2018 / Comments Off on American Flag Hawken Stamp / 2017-2018,Student Work,Uncategorized

    Katie Hamrle ’19 created a stamp for Hawken’s Alpha Company, a student ran club that supports all active and former military members. They are sending cards to Hawken alumni that are veterans and stamping the front of the cards with this American Flag inspired H stamp. By using the laser cutter, she created two woodblock

  • Wonka to Hogwartz
    December 8, 2017 / Comments Off on Wonka to Hogwartz / 2017-2018,Student Work
  • PreK2
    November 28, 2017 / Comments Off on PreK2 / Uncategorized


  • PreK Desk Project
    November 28, 2017 / Comments Off on PreK Desk Project / Uncategorized
  • Chocolate Bar Mold Project
    November 28, 2017 / Comments Off on Chocolate Bar Mold Project / 2017-2018,Teacher Work
  • Art Patterns Assemblage
    November 28, 2017 / Comments Off on Art Patterns Assemblage / 2017-2018,Student Work

    Laser cut patterns drawn by hand and then laser cut. Assembled in the art class to form new creations form patterns.  

  • 3D Printed Tripod
    May 4, 2017 / 8 Comments / Uncategorized

        Brendan Paul and I wish to build a Tripod model for his camera in order to prototype and bring to life a fully functional project. It may not contain all of the bells and whistles or be as complicated as a commercial grade model, however our goal is to make it work as

  • Bench Project
    May 4, 2017 / 9 Comments / 2016-2017,Student Work

    This is the final tinker cad of our bench. This is the wooden laser cut of our model. the next and last step is putting it into the woodcutter and arranging the pieces! this is the correct model of my bench with the correct scale.  I have uploaded the file to Corel draw and I’m

  • Wood Fidget Spinner Project
    May 4, 2017 / 2 Comments / Student Work

    It’s been over a month since my last update, but I’ve made a lot of progress on making these spinners fully functional. So far, I have two iterations of the spinner with ceramic bearings in the center. I use glue and clamps to put the spinner layers together. One design has two 1/8″ layers, for

  • Google Cardboard
    May 4, 2017 / 10 Comments / Uncategorized

      This was a very fun project.  It was a lot of fun to assemble.  The worst part about it was waiting for the lenses to come in from amazon.  Once finished, I had a lot of fun watching Virtual reality videos with friends.

  • 3D Printed Parts for a Speaker
    May 4, 2017 / 13 Comments / 2016-2017,Student Work

     As a part of Ian and Matt’s speaker project they asked me to help them print out two 9-Volt battery containers to hold the batteries inside the speaker. At first (as shown below) I took the dimensions of the battery provided and extended the inside of the box about a half of a millimeter more for

  • H.U.N.C.H
    May 4, 2017 / 10 Comments / 2016-2017,Student Work

    Our school did an American Ninja Warrior type challenge which we built and designed for the school in two weeks. There were five obstacles: monkey bars, an a-frame wall, four balance beams, five step platforms, and a tunnel laced with rope. Our designs looked like this:     We spent about an hour and a

  • Gpu Backplate Painting
    May 4, 2017 / 11 Comments / 2016-2017,Student Work

     I began experimented with painting methods when i applied spray paint to laser-cut acrylic. The idea being that I would etch out an area and then keep on the protective paper and spray paint so that the etched areas only would be painted. I found that it looks better when the surface is sanded down.

  • 2017 Infinity Mirror Project
    May 4, 2017 / 11 Comments / 2016-2017,Student Work

    I’ve decided to switch focus back to my original idea of an infinity mirror. Since we got back, I’ve edited my inkscape file for the mirror and today I transferred the file to the shop bot. It has actually been a lot more work than I expected to get to this point- I had to

  • Carbon Fiber Guitar Project
    May 4, 2017 / 10 Comments / Uncategorized

    This project began at the beginning of last year, when our teacher gave us the task to build something; it didn’t matter what, as long as we learned something from it we could build anything.  I decided to build a guitar because I had never built a musical instrument before, and I had always wanted

  • Speaker Project
    May 4, 2017 / 9 Comments / Uncategorized

    In today’s class we were able to finish the speaker and add buttons to increase sound and pause and change the song. This is the final iteration of the speaker that we will create for class. We will now create another speaker so that both Matt and I will have our own. It has been

  • MAME Cabinet
    May 4, 2017 / 10 Comments / 2015-2016,2016-2017,Student Work

    Mr. D asked for me to make my second box fully functional, and so I have been backing up my SD cards and retropie folder. This involves me using multiple flashdrives and I asked if I could borrow a flashdrive to take home to move more games back over. Today I informed Mr. D that

  • 2017 Clock Project
    May 4, 2017 / 10 Comments / 2016-2017,Student Work

    Today I started to figure out the gear design for my clock. I played around on GearGenerator.com and developed most of the gear work. The biggest challenge was figuring out the gear ratios and how I can get the proper RPM for each hand ( 1 RPM for the second, 1/60 RPM for the Minute,

  • Camera Stabilizer | 2017
    May 4, 2017 / 6 Comments / 2016-2017,Student Work

    My next thoughts for my project are that I want to build a button on the right grip holder, so I can press it and the camera will automatically start recording. Currently online checking to see if there are DSLR camera buttons that are capable of doing this with the camera I have. Added straps

  • Lacrosse Stick
    May 4, 2017 / 144 Comments / 2016-2017,Student Work

    This is the 3D printed version of my lacrosse stick. Obviously the height of the final product will be much longer (10.5 times longer specifically) but to 3D print that much would simply be a waste of time. However, the width, length, and shape of the 3D printed product will be the exact same as

  • 2017 Earphone holder and case project
    May 4, 2017 / 572 Comments / 2016-2017,Student Work

    1. I would like  to do this project because this is something that I think I could benefit from because it would prevent my headphones from tangling like they usually do. It takes a considerable amount of time to untangle my headphones when I take them out of my bookbag, but with an earphone holder

  • 2017 Infinity Mirror Project
    May 4, 2017 / 6 Comments / 2016-2017,Student Work

    I’ve decided to switch focus back to my original idea of an infinity mirror. Since we got back, I’ve edited my inkscape file for the mirror and today I transferred the file to the shop bot. It has actually been a lot more work than I expected to get to this point- I had to

  • Test Gallery
    February 7, 2017 / 10 Comments / Uncategorized

    [UGML id=167]

  • Shadow Glasses
    January 27, 2017 / 9 Comments / 2016-2017,Design FUNdamentals,Teacher Work

    Shadow Glasses PDF

  • Kitchen Caddy
    January 27, 2017 / 10 Comments / Fab Fix,Student Work

    Brian and I started off making our kitchen caddy by taking the salt, pepper, and napkins from the lunch room to measure them. We got measurements, so we could see how big we needed to make the whole caddy. We decided to split the caddy in half, and then we split one half into thirds,

  • SD test
    January 12, 2017 / 12 Comments / Uncategorized

      Here is my first logo design in Inkscape using a Vector graphic editor.

  • Stirn Hall
    August 25, 2016 / 9 Comments / Uncategorized

    The opening of Stirn Hall! Laser project

  • Fab Lab Basics – In the Classroom
    May 5, 2016 / 6 Comments / Uncategorized

    FAB LAB BASICSIN THE CLASSROOMAn introduction to using the machines Prepared by Nick DiGiorgio (Fab Lab Guy Cleveland) Game Plan and Dates May 5 4:30- 7pm Laser Printing May 12 4:30- 7pm Laser Printing May 19 4:30- 7pm 3D Printing May 26 4:30- 7pm 3D Printing June 2 4:30- 7pm Shop Bot June 9 4:30-

  • Cow Slices
    March 9, 2016 / 9 Comments / 2015-2016,Student Work

    I wanted to introduce staff to what a Fablab is and what some of the machines can do so I decided to provide them with a little laser cut icebreaker activity. How fast can you assemble a model cow from 2-Dimension to 3-Dimension? I chose to go with a cow design to help promote the

  • March 8, 2016 / No Comments » / Uncategorized

    FABLABS are designed for innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, artists, and individuals allowing people to move from ideas into production using modern digital equipment. Students will use laser cutters, 3-D printers, vinyl cutters, ShopBot CNC routers, desktop milling machines and other digital and analog tools in order to fabricate and test their design projects. The program is

  • Prototyping a Fablab
    January 12, 2016 / 13 Comments / Uncategorized

    From Hawken.edu 1/8/2016 Creating things is Nick DiGiorgio’s passion, so he wasn’t the least bit daunted when he was hired to oversee a Fablab that hadn’t yet been built. Instead, being a problem solver, he created a makeshift Fablab, right in the hallways of Hawken’s Upper School. Appropriately, this maker space is outfitted with makeshift

See More Posts