iLab Maker Magic

Welcome to the Magellan iLab!

Visit our Magellan Makerspace, a place to imagine, inquire, investigate, innovate, improve, inform and inspire!

The iLab is available to support creativity and design thinking for students and teachers. It is stocked with a variety of tools and supplies . Teachers may sign up to use the iLab or students may use an iLab pass to come and create on their own. Students must be supervised while in the iLab.

Examples of equipment:

  • Dremel 3D printer
  • Google Expeditions Virtual Reality kit
  • Green Screen and iPads
  • Makey-Makey and Snap circuits
  • Dash and Dot, Sphero robots
  • Video creation station
  • Scanner
  • Art and craft supplies
  • Tools: hammers, screwdrivers, drill, saw
  • Sewing supplies
  • Found items such as cardboard tubes, egg cartons, lumber scraps, styrofoam, bottle caps, recycled containers.

Watch these videos or check out the links for background information and directions to help in your iLab creating. Watch for our design challenges, too!

Design Thinking and the Engineering Design Process

Watch a great video explaining Engineering Design

iLab Design Challenges

Learn more about our Back to School Apple and School Supplies Challenges:

  • Apples Aloft- tower
  • Apples Afar- cantilever
  • Apples Annihilator-wrecking ball
  • Apple Ally-catcher
  • Apples Ahead-carrier

Science, Circuits and Engineering Center:

Create a Simple Circuit: What is a circuit?

Creating a Simple Paper Circuit: Paper Circuits

Make a Paper Circuit Light Saber

Make a Paper Circuit Bookmark-use coin batteries, copper tape, and an LED light to create a light-up bookmark.

Snap Circuits. Come and explore how to use these!

Makey Makey Circuits:

Introduction to Makey Makey:

Crafts and Sewing Center

Would you like to sew in the iLab? How to use a sewing machine.

How to Crochet

How to make a rainbow loom bracelet:

How to embroider:

Make a friendship bracelet:

How to make a Perler bead design

Lego Creation Station

Choose a Lego Challenge Card or an activity from the Lego calendar OR accept the

100 Legos Challenge: Using 100 Legos build a creation. using the iPad, take a picture of your plan and your finished design. Add the 100 Legos creation to the iPad Book Creator app and tell about your design.

Green Screen Video and Production Studio

Use an iPad with the Doink application and the green screen puppet theaters or sheet to create your image or video. Make sure you aren't wearing green!

The green screen effect works by combining images from two sources into a single image, using a chromakey filter to create transparent regions in the foreground image and creating a composite result with the background image.

In DoInk you can combine three layers including images, animations, and video clips.

To create a green screen video, you will need:

1. An iPad numbered 1-12, an image for your background, a script of your narration, and the green screen background. Do not wear green!

2. Send the image to Open the email on the iPad (It is already logged into appleuser) and save the image to the Camera Roll on the iPad. You can also check the gallery to see what images are already available.

3. Watch the video below about using Green Screen by DoInk.

4. Select the settings for Back camera and Mp4 file.

5. Click + to create a new project. Click Settings for the new project and name it.

6. Add your saved image to the bottom row of the timeline by clicking the + and finding the image in the camera roll. Resize or move the image if needed.

7. In the second row, select the camera and film your video. Make sure the red line (playhead) is at the beginning of the timeline first. You can also add a video clip that was recorded separately in front of the green screen.

8. Select the timeline level you wish and use the toolbar tools if needed to crop the image or adjust the Chromakey filter if needed.

9. With the playhead in an active part of the video, click the Share out button and select the highest quality, then Save to the camera roll. Or after the video is previewed, you can click the Share icon and either send it (short video clips) via email to your address, or Save it to the appleuser Google Drive and share it to your user account. Once Shared, make a copy and move it to your Google Drive so it can be deleted from the appleuser account.

3D Design and Printing Studio

Before using the 3D printer, you will need to learn about 3D design and printing. For most projects we will use a free online application called Tinkercad to design or projects from Thingverse Education.

Create a Thinkercad account according to the directions here and use the coupon code from your teacher or near the 3D printer in the maker space.

To use the Magellan 3D printer, you must first learn to create a design.

1. Go to

2. You will need to create an account.

3. Use your actual birth year, but to protect your privacy, use a different month and day.

4. Use your Magellan username (example: jmmun92d) and password. No actual first and last name.

5. Use the following email address : .Visit the iLab or ask your teacher to give you a code. Do not use a parent or personal address.

6. Your account will be approved by your teacher.

7. Watch a tutorial to begin creating.

The Magellan printer has limits to the size that can be printed so that it can fit on the build plate. Check the sign in the iLab for information about the maximum size. When your design is done, export it as an STL file and save it to your Google Drive. Name it with the project name_the color you want to use_and your name. (rocket_blue_Munoz). Go to the iLab and ask for help for the final review and uploading it to the Dremel 3D printer. Most files take at least an hour or more to print.

Coding and Robotics Center

In this center you can spend time working on coding at, begin basic coding in Scratch (see the two books to guide you) or learn about our robots Dash and Dot and program them using the Wonder Works Apps on the iPad. You can also learn how to program Sphero, another small robot.

To use Dash, turn the power on, then open the app from the iPad. Start with Go to explore the options and features, then try out the other apps.

Wonder magazine with Dash and Dot ideas.

Can you create a maze out of blocks on the floor and program Dash to travel through it?

Have you met Sphero? You can program Sphero to roll from place to place. Learn about how to use our Sphero SPRK+ robot.

How to Program Sphero: Using an iPad you will use the Lightning Lab app.

Tutorials for Programming with Scratch

Game Creation:

Learn to build a game in Scratch or using Flowlab at Create an account using your Google credentials, then try out the game creation tutorials.

Or come to the iLab and ask for the Bloxels to design and create a video type game:

Watch the Bloxels tutorials and learn more about designing your game.


Rube Goldberg is famous for creating fun, but complicated solutions to every day problems. Learn more about his crazy inventions by looking through our resources, then begin by building an amazing marble machine using at least four simple machines on our contractions board in the iLab. Then grab some materials from the iLab to create an invention of your own. First, what do you want it to do?

1. Rube Goldberg website

2. PBS Kids Rube Goldberg machine creations

3. Wonderopolis: What is a Rube Goldberg machine?

Learn about Simple Machines

Cardboard Challenges

Have you heard of Caine's arcade? Watch this amazing video. What are you inspired to make out of cardboard?

Learn more about cardboard challenges at the Global Cardboard Challenge website.

More cardboard ideas here:


Cardboard construction on Pinterest

Using a cardboard box and other recycled items in the iLab, create something!