TinkerCAD: Introduction to 3D Printing

Steer young minds to build better boats. Future engineers first spend a few days exploring the TinkerCAD software and completing some embedded lessons. They then design sea crafts with buoyancy in mind and print them using a 3-D printer.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have a presentation night where scholars showcase their final products
Classroom Considerations
  • This is the first of four lessons in the Adrift in a Sea of Plastic unit
  • Instructors need to set up a class account for the TinkerCAD site
  • Access to a 3D printer is needed if learners are to create their models
Pros
  • Includes links to videos for more information on 3-D design and printing
  • Provides a detailed pacing guide for each lesson
Cons
  • None