Curricular Activities

As I stated on the last page, I’ve been developing some activities that connect to the Alberta Programs of Study as a means of integrating 3D printing into Alberta schools. I will add to these over time, so be sure to check back! There are also many other places to look for educational ideas, like Thingiverse or MyMiniFactory, which both have sections entirely dedicated to educational purposes.

Here are some of the activities developed. Each page will have a PDF document that’s downloadable for individual use, as well as more details, curricular connections, and exemplars that I’ve made or found elsewhere online.

  • Grade 3 Science: Bridge-Building – A new alternative to the classic “Popsicle stick” bridge. The grade 3 science curriculum calls for the comparison of many different materials, so I added in criteria for a 3D printed bridge as an option to those students that would like to give it a try.
  • Elementary: Community-Building – An elementary school classroom would work together to determine what a community (town) needs in order to work successfully and then they design the parts of the town and print them on interlocking tiles so that they can literally build a community!
  • High School CTS: 3D Bone Replacements – A Danish company has already started making 3D printed bone replacements to phase out the current titanium-cast implants in the medical industry. This would be a great module for anyone interested in 3D design as well as the medical technologies career path.
  • High School Fashion Studies: Accessories – In this particular CTS course, students need to design and make fashion accessories. This is already a reality, so why not give your students the option of printing at least some of their pieces?
  • Art: 3D Paintings – There’s already been a movement to create 3D representations of classical paintings so that blind people can “see” them, so have your students do the same with the classics or even their own paintings.