This year I’ve had the chance to try out a Makerbot 3D printer. I’ve shared some of my thoughts on the potential for 3D printing in education (read the post here) and even how you can print your very own virtual reality headset with a 3D printer (read that post here). Teachers and students are using 3D printers in lots of different ways. If you’re looking for inspiration Thingiverse is full of fantastic resources for educators including 3D printing lessons for a range of classrooms.
The team at Thingiverse Education recently shared some of their spotlight lesson plans for 3D printing. They’ve created a community where educators can create and share 3D printing lesson plans with other teachers. Their goal was to design a space where 3D printing lessons could move beyond the wall of one teacher’s classroom and into learning environments around the world. In the list below you’ll find seven lesson plans for 3D printing including design thinking lessons, math exploration, and humanities connections.