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3D Printing With a Purpose

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Aaron Sweet  
Learn how elementary and intermediate students can create 3D models with TinkerCAD and use 3D printers to produce Braille blocks for students learning Braille and matching blocks for PK students. See how TinkerCAD and 3D printing can be implemented into everyday learning.

Audience: Teachers, Professional developers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
  • Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of my presentation is to show how educators can integrate TinkerCAD in a variety of lessons and subjects. I will expand on other possible lesson ideas and where teachers can access these resources. TinkerCAD is a fairly easy program to learn, however 3D printing can be intimidating. I will explain how 3D printers work and how to use them, again, pointing educators to valuable resources.

I will also include challenges that we met during these lessons and how we were able to overcome them and create a successful product.

Supporting research is a great resource that includes tutorials, lessons, and support from the company. The program is web-based making it easy to access on many devices. and other similar websites will help spark ideas for 3D printing lessons and educators can use created lessons that have been executed by others.

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Aaron Sweet, Newark CSD & Beedle

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