A FAB4Good project is a need, request or challenge for a potential client or space. Be sure to do your research and iterations to get it exactly right, not just good enough. These projects are intended for student makers to work collaboratively with the client, and not for them.


Student makers are asked to “look closely” at objects and systems to fully understand the intricacies, nuances, and details of the project they are about to take on. They are then encouraged to “explore complexities” to understand inner workings, points of view, assumptions, past solutions to inform their design. Students will then “find opportunities” to envision, reframe, prototype and “make” based on the values and needs discovered along the way. (Agency by Design, Project Zero)

Access the FAB4Good Notebook HERE

We are looking for a few things in this project. You will need to document the entire process and have files accessible. In some cases, the project will be passed on to another student to continue the work at a later time. Proper documentation and file sharing is essential.

1. Phase 1 – Brainstorm – Identify a need in our community that you can address through the tools and technology available in the Fab Lab and the skills and talents you have as an individual.  In Phase 1 – Brainstorming you should identify a project that you think you can handle based on feasibility, expertise, materials, and ultimately time. You can decide on a project from the following options below. Each option does require an initial concept conversation with Mr. DiGiorgio (Phase 1, part 2).

a. Choose a project based on FabLab Requests that have been made. See list and links below
b. Talk with teachers, students, faculty and other members of our community to identify needs or problems that can be addressed with this project. Prepare with some questions and give people time to think.
C. Talk with Mr. DiGiorgio about a potential project you have in mind. How does it apply what you have already learned in the FabLab space and how can it help others?

2. In Phase 2 – Conceptualize the Idea – You should prepare a concept piece that shows the time, thought and energy you have to see this project through. In other words, convince me you can do this by preparing a document that shows some initial ideas, sketches, and photos to examples of similar work, instructions or tutorials you will follow, and a potential plan you will follow. Prepare visual pitch for Mr. DiGiorgio. Submit as a OneNote Page. The document created from this phase will be the first step towards documenting this entire process.

3. Phase 3 – Capturing Creativity – The entire process will be captured and published online via our FabLab Blog. Review the Fab Academy website for examples of how students document their final projects. You will be asked to keep a running blog post that documents your work with sketches, photos, videos, file uploads, and reflection. You will be asked to generate parts lists, next steps, and identify challenges and success. You will be ultimately graded through this web posting.

(Example Projects coming soon)