Unit of Instruction

Rapid Prototyping & 3D Printing

Middle School
Targeted Grade Level
6th - 8th

In this unit, students will learn the basics of how to create custom, 3D printed components using Tinkercad. Students will gain confidence as they design and print a custom airplane propeller that snaps onto a model airplane. Then, students will have an opportunity to apply what they have learned throughout the unit as they participate in a fun, free build challenge.

Included Lessons
  1. Unit Overview
  2. Taking Flight, Part 1 - Exploring the Tinkercad Workspace
  3. Taking Flight, Part 2 - Importing & Manipulating Objects
  4. Taking Flight, Part 3 - Creating a New Design
  5. Taking Flight, Part 4 - 3D Printing a Design
  6. Free Build Challenge
  7. Unit Assessment
Mobile STEM Lab Requirement
SnapStack Mobile STEM Lab
Engineering Pathways Mobile STEM Lab
Young Engineers Mobile STEM Lab
NGSS Learning Dimensions

Scientific & Engineering Practices

  • Developing and using models

  • Asking questions and defining problems

  • Using mathematics

  • Planning and carrying out investigations

Crosscutting Concepts

  • Structure and function

  • Systems and system models

  • Scale, proportion, and quantity

  • Stability and change

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