- . Suggests practical lesson ideas for integrating 3D printing into language arts, math, science, and social studies. Focuses on 3D printing as a tool to engage students in curriculum content and promote hands-on, problem-based learning with a focus on authentic, practical application.
- From making repairs by using 3D pen as an adhesive to creating pieces of artwork, 3D pens give you the flexibility to draw your ideas immediately. If you love architecture and buildings, companies have created kits that allow people to replicate architectural structures and other cool things with a 3D pen.
- Here are a few of my favorite ideas: Check out this AOE Lesson for a functional 3D printing lesson plan. These 40 3D printed objects are actually useful! Create objects that can be used in your art classes. For example, 3D printed stamps for clay! As you begin your journey of 3D printing you will come across problems and errors.
3D Printing & Curriculum Ideas The following ideas could be considered for use with 3D printing. Gears and linkages and custom fixings. Casings for textiles projects. Parts for larger A level projects. Jewellery. Watch cover and strap. Shelf supports. Board game shapes/tokens. Light key fob.
With the expansion of the applications of 3D printing technology throughout industry, it is important that students start to develop the design and technical skills required to harness this technology. This will provide a future workforce with the skills required to meet the demands of this expanding industry.
Developing these skills can begin in the Primary school. Schools can maximise on their investment by embedding 3D printing across the school at all levels and in multiple subject areas, using it as a tool to increase pupil engagement and attainment.
This guide has been developed by The CREATE Education Project to provide Primary Schools with an overview of how 3D printing can be utilised within a Primary school setting across all ages, levels and curriculum areas, including:
- Getting started.
- 3D printing skills progression – a complete progression route with suggested projects for each stage. This takes pupils from total beginners designing in 2D through to them being able to design their own 3D models. The progression route can be applied from Reception upwards.
- 3D printing across the curriculum – details, examples and ideas for how 3D printing can be used across the curriculum with a dedicated section for every Primary subject area as well as cross-curricular and business enterprise ideas.
- Lots of project ideas and links to further resources and case studies.
- Further support and professional development.
- Sharing and showcasing your work with the CREATE Education community.
We have published the guide as a handy downloadable PDF, this will allow you to print it out and have it by your side as a valuable reference. The guide contains lots of useful links to specific further information and resources. If you have the PDF open on your computer or device, you can click on the links directly from the PDF to open the resources.
In The Classroom
This is a professional development resource to allow you to develop a plan for introducing 3D printing in the classroom across all ages and subjects in order to maximise the opportunities for 3D printing in school and develop pupil’s skills.
Tomorrow’s engineers, designers and problem solvers deserve every tool available to build a brilliant future. 3D printing fuels limitless creativity when students get to see, hold and test their ideas in real space.
Bringing 3D printing into the classroom exposes learners to the same cutting-edge technologies they’ll encounter in their careers, giving them a jump-start on tomorrow’s challenges. We invite you to explore the information below to learn how schools across the country are inspiring a new generation of problem solvers by integrating 3D printing into their K-12 curriculum.
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