What is d.TEC @ the FabLab?


Hi – I’m Enzo, and I will be your tutor. I am a UK qualified and registered teacher with the Department for Education and the  Teaching Regulation Agency. I am also a qualified & registered DT teacher with the UK Design and Technology Association and the online tutoring company: TutorHunt (however it is cheaper to book directly with me).

I come from a traditional Graphic Design background and completed a conversion degree in Product Design & Systems and Controls. The FabLab is a STEM project that I started at my last school and am now running via online tutoring. It’s not harder but it can take longer than in person, however if we use Zoom etc I am sure we will succeed!

D.TEC = Design Technology

We design stuff. [ We use technology. ] We make stuff.


The FabLab is a place where students can come design, create, build, experiment and learn at their own pace (students can also use it to catch up on coursework etc!).  I don’t teach (in the old-fashioned sense) in the FabLab: I facilitate, I open doors and I point students in the right direction. Students need to be enthusiastic, engaged and  independent enough to see opportunities and to grab them. As a “starter for 10” I run 3 projects via the FabLab: VEX IQ Robotics, F1 in Schools and Ant-weight Robots!



You can use the FabLab to make almost anything (that doesn’t hurt anyone); you must learn to do it yourself, and you must share use of the lab with others.


Training in the FabLab is based on doing projects, self-learning and learning from your peers; you’re also expected to contribute to the resources supplied: it is not a free for all!


You are responsible for:

  • Safety: Knowing how to work safely without hurting yourself or other people and without destroying the equipment or machines.
  • Cleaning up: You must leave the Fab Lab cleaner than you found it.
  • Operations: Assisting with maintaining, repairing, and reporting on broken tools, supplies, and accidents.

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