Case Study #2: Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Case Study #2

Big Brothers, Big Sisters


We have the privilege of having the Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Lakeshore come to the fab lab for various projects. BBBS is a mentorship program that pairs kids with adult mentors to be their friend and their guide through life. We have worked on many different projects with them including Sticker Design 101, CNC Router Signs, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, Laser Cutting 101, and even some Paper Circuits greeting cards!

Who Was Involved

Full Name

Chris Kaminsky – Fab Lab Manager

Daniel Snow – Fab Lab Tech

Holly Magalei – Fab Lab STEAM Coordinator

Full Name

Dr. Dave Deitrick – Volunteer

Mark Cahill – Volunteer


Full Name

Samantha Fitzgerald – BBBS of the Lakeshore

What We Used

3D Printing

Shape plastic and wood

Laser Etching

Engrave wood, glass, and plastic. Make award plaques, unique family portraits on wood from regular photos


Learn how to program machines that run today’s modern assembly plants

Hands On Learning

Work with our experts to learn about what you can do with our amazing space and equipment

Virtual Reality

Explore virtual worlds, play games with fellow makers


Bring things to life with electronics

Large Format Vinyl Printing

Make banners, decals, car wraps,
window clings, and stickers

looking to the future

Sometimes these events have been so popular we have to rotate attendees from event to event so that everyone gets to have some fab lab fun! We hope to grow this program and have the Bigs and Littles doing more advanced projects in the future.

Interested in schedule a session for your class or program?