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Freshen up your 3D printing classes with cross-curricular lessons.

If your classes are feeling a little stale, rolling out the same design briefs for students year after year, why not check out our PrintLab teacher platform? On the platform you are going to find over 40 quality lesson plans you can grab and go, all which incorporate effective design principles in working to a final 3D printed model.

Many of the lessons can be used either stand alone in a design and technology or engineering class, or alternatively as a cross-curricular activity. A good example is the 3D Printing Chemical Structures lesson plan.

In this 3 lesson project, students learn how to design, edit and 3D print chemical structures using the free TinkerCadsoftware. The project involves an introduction to atoms and molecules before students split into teams where they are allocated a different molecule to research before 3D modelling and 3D printing the chemical structure.

The lesson can be incorporated into the study of science and can be adapted for ages 8-16, with learning criteria including:

  • Developing basic understanding of chemistry and principles of chemical structure
  • Honing skills to analyse a variety of chemical molecules and their structure
  • Using chemical drawing techniques to draw molecules
  • Gaining experience with CAD software to create chemical models
  • Developing an understanding of 3D printers and how they operate
  • Manufacturing 3D chemistry models through 3D printing

Full lesson details are available to subscribers on the PrintLab platform. This platform is available to educators from any country. For a free 7 day trial, simply send us a message over our contact form.

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