Even though the Design Lab classroom has been outfitted with digital fabrication tools such as our laser cutter and 3D printers, students often combine these with traditional materials to design creative products. We often supply materials to students and teachers as well for other classroom projects.

If you happen to have any of the items below at your home that are not being used, we would greatly appreciate any donations! Students learn about recycling and upcycling, and they take pride in designing functional products that also kept items out of the trash. Donated items can be left at the main office, or you can arrange to have a student bring them to the Design Lab. If you have any other items at home that you think students could use to create with, please send Mr. Mularella an email.

Glass and Plastic

  • Glass jars and bottles (including Mason jars, baby formula jars, and wine bottles)
  • Light bulbs
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Plastic Bottles (all sizes)
  • Egg cartons
  • PVC Pipes
  • Straws/Coffee stirrers
  • Plastic cups


  • Scrap wood (lumber, plywood, etc.) that is not treated with chemicals and does not contain nails
  • Nails/Wood screws
  • Nuts, bolts, and washers
  • Brackets/hinges/hooks

Paper and Craft Supplies

  • Newspapers
  • Copy paper/Card stock
  • Graph paper
  • Cereal boxes
  • Clean cardboard
  • Paper plates
  • Shoe boxes
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Pipe cleaners

Sports Equipment

  • Basketballs
  • Hockey pucks
  • Lacrosse sticks and balls
  • Field hockey sticks and balls
  • Cricket bats
  • Tennis racquets
  • Footballs
  • Skateboards
  • Bicycle parts (wheels, bike tubes, chains, gears, etc.)

Clothing and Fabric

  • Bed sheets/Pillow cases
  • Any type of extra fabrics
  • Velcro
  • Leather
  • Zippers
  • Belts


  • Anything that can be used for storage (small or big)
  • Wine corks (any cork material)
  • Twine/String/Rope
  • Fishing line
  • Ribbon
  • Scrabble tiles
  • CDs/DVDs
  • Christmas lights (any stringed lights)
  • Magnets


  • License plates
  • Metal cutlery (spoon, knife, fork) 
  • Wire
  • Chains


  • Chargers
  • Flash drives
  • LEDs
  • Batteries (working)
  • Resistors


  • Any old DJI products that are no longer being used (Phantom, Mavic, Spark, etc.)