This beginners lesson pack is the ideal way to introduce students to 3D printing. There are six lessons in total in this pack. They are designed to last around one hour each, depending on the pace of your students they could be stretched out longer. They are all pre planned and ready to teach. Save yourself hours of planning with this lesson pack.
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The lessons are aimed at grades 6 – 8 and follow on from the free lesson ‘An introduction to 3D printing’. In this course of lessons your classes will learn about what 3D printing is, where it is used and why it is being used.
They will learn about the 3D printing process and the different parts of a 3D printer along with how models are created and the essential stages of how models are designed and then 3D printed.
At the end of the module there is an ‘end of course assessment’ so you can test what your students have learnt.
All lessons come with a lesson plan detailing how to teach the lesson, a teaching powerpoint to deliver to the class, lesson worksheets with accompanying answer sheets, homework task with answer sheets, video tutorials so students can guide themselves through CAD modelling design challenges, design challenge sheets and example STL files to 3D print.
Each lesson has a starter task, main learning tasks and plenary to embed students learning. This lesson pack uses TinkerCAD free CAD modelling software which is a browser-based 3D CAD software.
Lesson 1 – An introduction to 3D printing. Students will learn the concept of what 3D printing is and where it is being used in our world today. They will understand the relevance of 3D printers and the key components that make up a 3D printer. They will be able to recognise different examples of where 3D printers are being used as a force for good in our society.
Lesson 2 – The 3D printing process. In this lesson your classes will learn the STEM principles of how 3D printers work using X, Y and Z co-ordinates. They will learn the difference between 2D drawings and 3D models and understand the basic concept of how models are created, sliced and then sent to the 3D printer. Students will be able to explain the difference between CAD and CAM along with different ways that files are transferred from a computer to a 3D printer.
Lesson 3 – How to create a model to 3D print. This lesson uses TinkerCAD to teach students how to create basic models that can be 3D printed. Students will be challenged with creating a model to given measurements to help teach them to work accurately and to scale. They will learn all the basic features of TinkerCAD to prepare them for a series of differentiated design challenges in lesson 4. This lesson comprises of video tutorials as well as worksheets, teaching powerpoints, homework tasks etc. The teacher doesn’t need to demonstrate any CAD modelling themselves, the video tutorials take the pressure off the teacher and mean that students can re-play them during the lesson to work at their own pace. They will also learn how to download their files.
Lesson 4 – This lesson is a design challenges lesson where students have to apply their skills learnt from lesson 3 in a series of differentiated design challenges. There are four different design challenges all with help sheets ranging from basic bronze level, advancing silver, mastering gold level and expert platinum level. This means that all students of differing ability ranges can model a 3D printed outcome during the design challenges.
Lesson 5 – Basic materials and slicing. In this lesson your classes will learn about the basic materials that 3D printers use e.g. PLA and ABS along with the advantages and disadvantages of these. Students will learn the concept of a Bio plastic and sustainability issues with 3D printing. Students will learn how to prepare their models for 3D printing using slicing software (free to download) and how to set different layer heights to determine the quality and speed of the printed model.
Lesson 6 – This lesson involves an end of course assessment that tests students on what they have learnt over the past five lessons. All the questions are taken from the previous learning activities from learning tasks and homework’s in each lesson. The test is multichoice and comes with answer sheets allowing for self-assessment or peer assessment.