Have you thought about 3D printing with students? MakerBot’s Thingiverse is best known as a 3D design sharing website. It also has STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) 3D printing lesson plans for educators across the world to use in their classrooms.
MakerBot’s Learning Team has been curating and sharing some of the best lesson plans. They include step-by-step instructions, photos, 3D design files, activity sheets and more. All of these 3D printing lesson plans are designed to keep students motivated and learning new STEAM skills.
Here are a few 3D printing lesson plans from MakerBot:
- Educational Brake Caliper: This lesson is targeted at students in the high school and middle school. It contains the brake caliper design by Thingiverse user Chriswh86. This lesson gives a detailed example of a very important part of our everyday lives while driving or riding in a vehicle. His lesson plan also includes a quiz for students to take when they’ve finished the lesson.
- GO-GO AirBoat: Thingiverse user Macakcat created this lesson plan to combine mathematics, physics and electronics into one small, yet intricate, model. Students will learn about how payloads affect the ship’s buoyancy, speed and stability.
- Beast Belly Fraction Game: This lesson was designed with mathematical equations in mind and is fun for younger students. Created by Thingiverse user prof_Ruggles, each set of tokens represent a different fraction. The goal is to teach students how to form whole numbers by combining different fraction values together.
- Density and Buoyancy Investigations: Various shapes and sizes of 3D models were designed by Thingiverse user mshcott. The goal of this lesson is to showcase how different shapes and densities of objects float using Archimedes’ Principle. It’s a great example for all K-12 students to learn the basics of a liquid and a solid.
- Sphero Clipper Boat: This lesson plan uses a Sphero SPRK is one of the featured winners from the MakerBot STEAM Makeathon in San Francisco. The goal is to introduce students to computer science with a program called Tickle.
- Sodium Potassium Biological Electrogenic Pump: This lesson plan is designed to teach high school students the paths of sodium and potassium ions across a cell membrane. Thingiverse user stevegong created this lesson plan for biology or physics teachers, although it could be applied to other classroom settings.
Learn more about 3D printing lesson plans at the special website for MakerBot’s Thingverse!