Lesson Plans for 3D Printing & Making

Cutaway Earth Model Project

With the Cutaway Earth Model project, your class can expand on Earth Science concepts by exploring the various layers of the Earth. Elementary school students can reinforce their comprehension of the Earth’s layers by printing and coloring individual 3D printed pieces. They’ll enjoy piecing together its layers to make their own world.

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Hurricane Patricia lesson

Explore meteorology in the Hurricane Patricia lesson. Grades 3 through 5 will learn to analyze the atmospheric conditions of a storm from the perspective of space. In just seven steps, they’ll use embossify to create physical models of storms from satellite images, and then use those models to order them by their intensity.
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3D Printing - Civil War Weapons

How do weapons from the Civil War compare to weapons with modern technology? In this lesson plan by Andie, students will identify a weapon used in the Civil War and compare/contrast Civil War weapons and modern day weapons.
Source: Andrea Loyal, Decatur Middle School

3D Printing - DNA Lesson Plan

How do DNA base pairs link to form the DNA molecule? Students will use 3D printed DNA pieces to examine the structure of DNA in this lesson plan.
Source: Andrea Loyal, Decatur Middle School

3D Printing - Monuments Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan by Andie, students will answer the question, "How can I showcase the culture of a country while staying true to scale?"
Source: Andrea Loyal, Decatur Middle School

3D Printing - Fidgets Lesson Plan

Looking for way to engage students in learning about 3D printers through fidgets? Check out Andie's fidgets lesson plan.
Source: Andrea Loyal, Decatur Middle School

Invention Project

Connect to the Indiana Department of Education Academic Standards for Introduction to Engineering Design in Carita's project. Students perform various analyses of systems or products with the purpose of developing improvements to those systems or products.  
Source: Carita Girman, Cardinal Ritter High School

Invention/Innovation Activity

Connect to the Indiana Department of Education Academic Standards for Introduction to Engineering Design Carita's activity. Students perform various analyses of systems or products with the purpose of developing improvements to those systems or products.  
Source: Carita Girman, Cardianl Ritter High School

2016 Olympics 3D Articles Project

Connect to the Indiana Department of Education Academic Standards for Introduction to Engineering Design in Carita's activity. Students demonstrate artistic fundamentals which are utilized throughout the design process to solve visual problems and communicate ideas for a product or system.
Source: Carita Girman, Cardinal Ritter High School

3D Printing - Remembering 9/11

Students will answer the question, "How can I honor the victims of 9/11 with my own personal creation?" Using a 3D printer, students will create a monument to honor the victims of 9/11 and present orally to a group of their peers their rational behind the design.
Source: Deana Beecher & Jeremy Griffith, Decatur Central High School

3D Printing - Catapult, Boat Propeller & Photochemistry Lab

Check out these three experiments in physics and chemistry. Students will simulate projectile motion, propel a boat, and see how two chemicals react to form a new product.
Source: Deana Beecher & Wes Heeren Decatur Central High School

Honors Geometry Ideal Dream House Project

In this fun and challenging project, students will design their dream house.  
Source: Deana Beecher & Karen Harwood, Decatur Central High School

3D Printing - Geometry Extension Dream House Lesson

Students will create a scaled piece of furniture or another scaled object that they will put in their scaled house (this is a project extension - see Honors Geometry Ideal Dream House Project).
Source: Karen Harwood & Deana Beecher, Decatur Central High School

3D Printing - What Ever Propels Your Boat!

The title says it all! In Deana's project, students will design and 3D print a propeller that moves a boat across water.
Source: Deana Beecher, Decatur Central High School

3D School Logo Design and Production

Connect to the Indiana Department of Education Academic Standards for Introduction to Engineering Design in this lesson plan by Dr. Shi where students will participate in teams to design a 3D school logo reflecting the school’s mission and vision and preferably the students’ own experiences.
Source: Dr. Pingnan Shi, Greenwood Christian Academy

3D Printing - Name Stand Design

This is an individual project by Dr. Shi for grades 9 through 12. The student will design a name stand to reflect his or her individuality and is tied to the Indiana Department of Education Academic Standards for Introduction to Engineering Design.
 
Source: Dr. Pingnan Shi, Greenwood Christian Academy

3D Printing - Story Cube

This is a project by Dr. Shi for grades 9 through 12. This can be done by an individual or a team consisting of two or three students. The student(s) will design a story cube which depicts a famous event in history. The cube consists of six panels each of which is used to depict a crucial moment of the event. The story cube project is tied to the Indiana Department of Education Academic Standards for Introduction to Engineering Design.
 
Source: Dr. Pingnan Shi, Greenwood Christian Academy

3D Printing - Conic Section Visual Aid

In this project by Dr. Shi, student(s) will design a cone which can be broken up to show different geometric shapes. The project is tied to the Indiana Department of Education Academic Standards for Introduction to Engineering Design.
 
Source: Dr. Pingnan Shi, Greenwood Christian Academy

Arduino Beginner Module

Need beginner Arduino projects? Here's a great place to start. These tasks submitted by Gary include instructional video links as well.
Source: Gary Pritts, Bishop Chatard High School

STEAM Lesson Plans 1-2

Ready to whip out the Legos in class, but looking for a good reason? These lesson plans from Kelsey are linked to the Indiana 5th grade math standards 5.NS.1 and 5.NS.2.
Source: Kelsey Buckley, Zionsville Middle School

3D Printing - Doorstop Project & Geometry Logo Project

This lesson plan by Matt contains two activities. Students will create a functional object on the 3D printer by making a doorstop and create a logo for a business. These activities are tied to multiple math standards.
Source: Matt Tucker, Hasten Hebrew Academy

3D Printing Lesson Plans

Renee's multidisciplinary lesson plans are high school level and include classic literature, sports literature/marketing, biology, and AP engineering activities. You will add spice to the mix with these activities.
Source: Renee Isom, Fishers High School

Towers Lesson Plan

In Tom's lesson Plan, students will communicate with each other to achieve a goal. Students will design a solution to a problem. They will make their design conform to specific design parameters.
Source: Tom McCormick, Traders Point Christian Academy

Printing a 3D Scan

In Tom's printing a 3D scan lesson plan, students will be exposed to technology that is being used in advanced manufacturing today. The students will experience the workflow from capturing a good scan to producing a 3D printed part.
Source: Tom McCormick, Traders Point Christian Academy

Convert Sketch to 3D Object

Learn how to convert a sketch into a 3D object in this lesson plan by Tom.
Source: Tom McCormick, Traders Point Christian Academy

3D Printing a Bracelet

Students will take measurements, and design a bracelet based on those measurements in this lesson plan by Tom.
Source: Tom McCormick, Traders Point Christian Academy

Intro to 3D Printing

Intro to 3D printing is tied to several standards. In this lesson plan by Wes, students will demonstrate knowledge related to key historical factors that have shaped manufacturing over the centuries, explain current and emerging 3D printing applications, identify economic implications of 3D printing, and design and print objects.
Source: Wes Ford, Franklin Central High School

3D Printing a 2D Logo

In this lesson plan, students will create a logo using the paint program then learn how to 3D print the 2D logo.
Source: Wes Ford, Franklin Central High School

Electronic Jobs & Projects Around the House

This link was submitted by a young follower interested in the Maker Movement. We hear she has taken on very cool projects lately. Here, you'll find 30 do-it-yourself activities!
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