June 26, 2014

Lessons for 3D Printing in the Classroom

This last year was such a fantastic experience for me. I really enjoyed having 3D printing in my classroom. I’ve decided to start writing up some of my projects into lesson plans in hopes that other educators will find them useful. Most of the projects have been documented here in my blog, but this format might be more useful for other educators.

Here is a table listing the projects that I have done. I feel that they can be easily replicated and changed to fit any content. Feel free to comment if you have any questions or would like any ideas.

Projects for 3D Printing in the Classroom.

 This next document is a more detailed lesson plan of the 3D Printed Entomology Unit that I did at the beginning of the year. I tweaked a little bit because I thought it would work better in other classrooms that way.

3D Printed Entomology Lesson Plan

 The last one I will post for now is a modified lesson on my Mission Circuit Map project. I made some changes in the lesson plan to make it fit better with the entire class. I only did it with a small group. I think the modifications I made will make it possible for the entire class to get involved.

California Mission Circuit Map

A couple of weeks ago I introduced a project to my 4th grade students on 3D printing microscopes. It has been a fun experience, but we became side tracked with other projects and winter break. I gave it some thought and decided to make it more of a formal lesson in order to get it moving and get it done. So I wrote up an actual lesson plan. You can read about it below or check out the google doc.

3D Printed Microscope Lesson

I hope other educators find these useful. I would love to hear if anyone uses or modifies them in their own classroom, so drop me a line and let me know how it works out if you do.

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