Category: Cohort 2 Fellows

FabLearn Fellows – Winter 2020/2021

So there’s a lot happening behind the scenes with the FabLearn Fellows! The new cohort is starting to meet, virtually, of course. New blog posts and videos will be coming soon. We are in the very early stages of planning Volume 3 of the Meaningful Making book series. And the previous cohorts of FabLearn Fellows… Read more »

Weekend Maker Camp under Covid-19 conditions

Weekend Maker Camp a.k.a. 48 Hour Tinkering-Monastery Instead of writing a boring blog post, I asked a friend of mine to ask me some questions about my latest activities as a maker educator. Claire: How did you come up with the idea of a 48 Hour Makercamp? Mathias: We have a weekend and the weekend… Read more »

Mole Day in the Makerspace

Mole of aluminum

Happy Mole Day! Mole day is an unofficial holiday celebrated on October 23rd between 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM. The time and date are based on Avogadro’s number, 6.02×10^23, which is the number of atoms/molecules in one mole of a substance. A mole is one of the seven base units of the International System of… Read more »

Cherokee Language Syllabary for 3D Design in Tinkercad

Sample of nine Cherokee syllables.

Cherokee Language Syllabary in Tinkercad: Go directly to to make a copy of this design. Each character represents a syllable in the Cherokee language. Learn more about the Cherokee language at The purpose of this article is to present an approach to incorporating indigenous languages into the teaching of 3D printing design. This… Read more »

Papert’s Eight Big Ideas translated to Arabic

In 1999, Seymour Papert, the father of educational technology, embarked on his last ambitious institutional research project when he created the constructionist, technology-rich, project-based, multi-aged Constructionist Learning Laboratory inside of Maine’s troubled prison for teens, The Maine Youth Center. As Gary Stager shares in the book, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, Papert outlined these… Read more »

FabLearn Conversation with Nalin Tutiyaphuengprasert – Making in the time of COVID-19

In this video conversation, Nalin Tutiyaphuengprasert speaks with Sylvia Martinez about how the DSIL Fab Lab in Bangkok Thailand is working with local hospitals and medical professionals to design, prototype, and build aerosol boxes for COVID-19 patients. These acrylic boxes are placed over a patient during procedures requiring close contact, reducing the chance of disease… Read more »

Building a New Makerspace – Resources

I was recently asked to give a presentation and makerspace tour for a learning environment conference hosted at my school. The audience was architects, furnishing sellers, edtech distributors and Virginia educators currently in the process of planning new building construction and major renovations. I assembled a short list of resources that I thought would be… Read more »

Forces Acting on a Structure – Golf Ball Drop Challenge

Based on Idea from INCOSE Table at the Detroit Maker Faire 2015 The Challenge Your tower must be designed to hold a paper cup as high as possible. This design must support the forces created when a golf ball is dropped into the cup. Design is up to your innovation and creativity. Time of 15-20 minutes,… Read more »

FabLearn Webinar – Assessment strategies for maker courses

We are pleased to share a recent webinar led by Daniel Schermele with several FabLearn Fellows in a conversation about assessment strategies for maker courses. The conversation included: Intent of assessment / why do we teach specific content Types of assessments Backwards planning vs. self-determined education Why do we assess? Accountability or just part of an… Read more »

Brainstorming: Makerspace AI

MakerEd superstar Jaymes Dec posed an interesting question, “What does an AI augmented makerspace look, sound, or feel like?” Here is some of my brainstorming. The Makerspace AI monitors the environmental conditions including airborne particulates, sound levels and machines in operation and recommends or enforces use of personal protection equipment such as safety glasses, ear… Read more »