3D printing is a wonderful way to get kids excited about learning and technology. Not only will learning how to 3d print something engage students with math and science in a new way, but it will also teach them a new 21st century tool that could be their ticket to a career in the STEM field.
3D modeling and printing can be introduced to students as young as 1st grade! The success of these projects depends on how familiar your students are with working on a computer, how strong their spatial reasoning skills are and how willing they are to struggle with a project and try to improve their work. The projects below are geared towards students in 3rd grade or higher. Many can be differentiated for the subject matter being covered in your class. Reach out to the MFL team to discuss details for your students.
3D printing in your classroom is a great way to improve student interest and engagement with content and school! The CMSD Fab Lab has 3D printers available to borrow to use in your classroom. Teachers must attend 3D printing training to learn the basics of how to use the design program (tinkercad), software (flashprint), and machine itself before checking out a 3D printer. Please check out the most recent CMSD Fab Lab newsletters to see upcoming events.
INTRO to 3D Printing
MFL Giant Project List (this list has projects for 3D printing as well as laser cutters and vinyl cutters)
INTRO to TINKERCAD
Check out this video that shows you all the awesome things Tinkercad can do!