In this session we will be using principles of design thinking to tackle the idea of 3D printing. The resources below will help guide us through the session and can be used for reference and additional study later.
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Background3D Printing, in conjunction with Design Thinking can be a powerful tool for problem solving in your classroom. When students and teachers work through a process of identifying a problem, understanding that problem through empathetic practice, define, ideate, seek feedback and prototype in an iterative cycle they can solve big problems. We have had students as young as 4th grade work to successfully solve problems using appropriate modifications to these strategies. Depending on the age of the students, we would encourage students to either use the ICE model of iterative design or d.School's model of Design Thinking.
The model and resources we will share in the workshop can be adjusted and duplicated to suit your needs and style. We will be examining manufactured problems today for the purposes of hands on practice, but just look around your school building or home, and you are likely to come up with a very long list of problems your students can solve.
The notebook below outlines the process and the problems we will be working with in our workshop.
Interactive NotebookYou can create your own, Google Slides copy of the interactive notebook for editing purposes here
Looking for other ideas? Consider these:Family and Consumer Science:
The Fashion and Interior Design class has an assignment to practice converting basic furniture to a piece that would match characteristics of different time periods. For the assignment, students will create a model of a piece of furniture that represents one of the time periods under study. As part of the redesign, students should 3D design and print components to add to the model.
Students in the Culinary class have discovered that their custom school themed cookie cutter has broken, and they need to supply cookies for a school event in four days – not enough time to have another one custom ordered. They would like to create something to replace the cutter using the 3D printer.
A group of juniors is working on creating a video that features key details from the setting of the play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. They are using miniature glass pieces they found, and would like to convert a miniature dresser into a 1930s era piece that would compliment the setting of the play and would be used to display the pieces. Design decorative elements that could be added to the dresser.
A language arts class has just finished a unit where they read a number of different works that all had strong symbolism. Their assignment is to choose one of the works they read and create a physical representation for the work to share with the class in an activity that explore the importance of symbolism. One of the groups has chosen to3D design and print a symbol to represent the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost
A group of seniors in an elective physical education class has been working with SPED teachers, occupational therapists and students with different disabilities to help them improve on both gross and fine motor skills. They have designed a series of activities that will help students practice improving fine motor skill practice and need a series of basic shapes that fit into a base. The object must be small enough that the student will have to pinch and hold it with their fingers.
A class has been studying the Bill of Rights. Each group is to choose an Amendment and develop a symbol that will help their classmates remember the most important components of the Amendment. Groups will share their symbol without revealing which Amendment it represents and the class will work to identify the symbols and provide a rationale.
Additional Workshop Resources
Design Thinking & 3D Printing: A PrimerReference Sheet
Example Marked Up Interactive Notebook
3D PrintingMake Magazine - 3D Printer Buying Guide
Design a Solution - Bank of 3D Printing Ideas
Makerbot - Educator's Guidebook
3D Printer Basics - Instructables
Tinkercad 3D Printer Tutorial - How to create your first 3D print
How to Get Started in 3D Printing - Tech Radar
Top Ten Tips for Designing to Print - Make
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing a 3D Model for 3D Printing