3D Printing for the Greater Good

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Location: Room 343-4
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Explore and create : Creation lab

Karleen Vaughn  
Discover the many different community service-type projects that can be done with 3D printing. Our students can solve real-world problems at their schools, designing prototypes to solve major problems across the globe, and even build prosthetics for a student in need.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: It may be useful to already have an account created with Tinkercad prior to the session.
Topic: Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
Innovative Designer
  • Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
  • Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: The purpose of this session is to introduce the idea of using 3D Printing to serve the community. You can start small in your own classroom or think bigger to support your school, greater community, or someone across the globe.
Objective 1: Have a clear understanding of the Engineering Design Process and the valuable skills that it can teacher your students.
Objective 2: Gain familiarity with Tinkercad and be able to create a class in your teacher account.
Objective 3: Learn about a variety of community service projects that you can implement tomorrow.
Objective 4: Participate in a collaborative activity to brainstorm, create, and crowdsource additional community service project ideas that can be implemented tomorrow.

Success will be evident by the compilation of crowdsource community service project plans created during our collaborative activity.


• Presenter & Session Introduction – 3 minutes
• Poll: Experience with 3D Printing – 2 minutes
• Engineering Design Process – 5 minutes
o What is it?
o Purpose?
o What skills do students learn?
• Introduction to Tinkercad – 10 minutes
o Show Lesson Tutorials
o Create a teacher account
o Create a class
• Community Service Projects Ideas – 15 minutes
o Why?
 Contributing to the greater good
 Learning about the greater community and problems or needs that may exist
 Learning about equity and inclusion
o Class/School ideas
o Local ideas
o Global ideas
• Collaborative Activity – 20 minutes
o Partner Up
o Brainstorm & Plan a Community Service Project
o Share to Padlet
• Share Out and Q&A – 5 minutes

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Karleen Vaughn, Boxlight

Karleen Vaughn, Ed.S. is a seasoned educator with 16 years of experience and 2 graduate degrees in Instructional Technology. She taught middle grades math, science, and special education for 12 years before embarking on 4 1/2 years of Instructional technology coaching. During that time, Karleen supported teachers and leaders on all topics of teaching & learning through technology integration. Her passion for technology in education is only rivaled by her excitement for all things STEM and Maker Education related. Karleen is currently an Education Consultant for Boxlight and continues to use her passion and experience to engage, educate, and support teachers around the globe.