Introduction to 3D Printing – STEAM PROJECT – GRADES 3-6 - Distance Learning

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Simon Says School
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3rd - 6th
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Have you purcahsed or are considering purchasing a 3D printer and don’t know where to start? This resource is perfect for classrooms just starting out in the world of 3D imaging and provides you with everything you need to teach the fundamentals of 3D printing.

This STEAM project is broken up into two parts:


Your kiddos will begin by doing a research project of the history, current uses, benefits, and future innovcations of 3D printing. Graphic organizers are provided to assist students with their research, as well as a scoring rubric to assess students’ final products.


Next, kiddos will explore Tinkercad as they complete a series of modules to learn all the mechanics and tools needed to build 3D images. A scoring rubric and checklist are provided to help students stay on track and for you to monitor their learning.

This resource includes…

  • Detailed Lesson Plans
  • Research Graphic Organizers
  • Research Project Scoring Guide
  • 3D Challenge Check Sheet
  • Pictures of Student Work Samples
  • Student Self-Assessment
  • Teacher Scoring Rubric

If you are still on the fence about 3D printing, think about these benefits:

  • Kiddos become inventors who identify and find solutions to everyday problems.
  • Easy to meet the needs of all learners because it is self-paced, provides student choice, and the content can be adjusted based on the readiness of your students.
  • Combines technology and art so students can create their own innovative and unique designs
  • Even the most reluctant learners will be excited to print their own creations.
  • Amazing hands-on way to connect students to what they are learning! For example students can create their own math manipulatives, design tools to solve problems that Phillip faced in The Cay, or even make models of landmarks travelers visited while traveling on the Oregon Trail.

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Total Pages
13 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.


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