STEM,  Technology

S.T.E.M.: 3D Design/Printing with TinkerCad

Course No. CM403s, CM503s

Are you wondering how to generate a STEM buzz in your classroom? Tinkercad is an amazingly easy-to-use, powerful program for creating 3D digital designs that are ready to be 3D printed. This 3D modeling program empowers students to design all kinds of things, from custom homes to Mayan statue replicas, to cell models and engineered 3D-printed fidget spinners. 

While designing in 3D, learners will have opportunities to apply NGSS and Common Core standards in meaningful and fun ways. This course begins by training teachers on how to use Tinkercad through several example projects they can use directly in their classroom. The course will cover managing a virtual classroom, tracking student progress, and assigning projects online. While having access to a 3D printer is not required, the course will cover tips on how to manage print jobs and student workflow successfully. Teachers will develop their own 3D modeling projects based on what they learn throughout the course.

Lastly, all teachers will leave the course with best practice resources for teaching 3D design/printing, including; student-friendly project tutorial videos, premade word walls, and 3D modeling vocabulary games. Upon completion, teachers will be equipped to integrate 3D modeling in whatever capacity they prefer, from simple enrichment opportunities to long-term design projects.  

This course is appropriate for teachers 3-9. 

We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus
  • Gained an understanding of how 3D modeling/design can help students better apply science and engineering concepts while using real-world math. 
  • Learned to design engaging engineering projects where students can create prototypes using 3d modeling/printing. 
  • Gained the skills needed to teach students foundational computer science skills applicable to future STEM career pathways.
  • Developed an understanding of what 3D printers are capable of and how this technology can empower student voice and creativity in the classroom. 

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