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Below we describe the process of supporting teachers integrating a project-based learning approach in a Fab Lab together with their own class. This process includes a set of sessions, where a facilitator from OSHub-FR guides the teacher, in a real setting with their students, throughout each stage of the project, guaranteeing that the teacher gains the necessary competences to develop it autonomously.

Before starting, it is important to make sure that the following points are met:

- The objects that will be created are aligned with the educational objectives of the teacher and are integrated in a class project, that needs to be feasible in terms of skills, equipment and materials;

- The teacher acknowledges that, in addition to producing the objects, a fundamental part of the process is also learning how to design the objects using 2D or 3D design softwares. As such, before starting, it is important to define which parts will be designed and which software is needed;

- The teacher has connections with other teachers in the school and the technology teacher will be involved in the project,

- It is key to establish a calendar that includes the main project steps and the amount of time needed, and possible, to work with the students.

After this, the teacher and the OSHub facilitator make a project plan and define the type and number of workshops that will be implemented with the students.

This is highly dependent of the project that will be developed, but, as a starting point, one can consider the following general reference:

- Presenting and discussing the project with the class and how the OSHub facilitator will be helping - 1 session

- Training students on a design software program - 2 to 3 sessions

It is important to make sure that students have time to learn how to 2D/3D design depending on their age. If needed, alternatively one can search for files that have already been designed by others, or to use pictures or handmade drawings.

- Deciding on the type of machines needed - 1 session

- Making test prototypes with recycled materials - 1 session

The exact number of sessions needed for the fabrication steps depends on the kind and size of the project, thus being difficult to define a precise number. However, the important point is to have students actively participating in ideation and drawing, so that they understand how to go from an abstract idea to creating the actual object, by experiencing the different stages of prototyping and testing.