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About Myself

I teach Project Lead The Way to 6-8th grade students using the Design & Modeling curriculum. We received our first 3D printer 3 years ago and currently have 2 printers.

How my Students use 3D Printing

Prior to this year, I had my students design key chains, classroom hallpasses, and trinkety-type items on either AutoDesk Inventor or TinkerCAD. I found PrintLab over the summer and it matched up with my desire to include more content-specific design elements to my engineering class.  

My Students' Experience with 3D Printing

My students recently completed PrintLab's 'Design an Urban Installation' lesson. Students were interested in the different “modern”-style designs in and around larger cities. We discussed art, function, architecture, photo and selfie-worthy landmarks that these types of structures created. Some of my students wanted to design an Urban Installation outside of our school building by the car pick-up waiting area. Some wanted to include a structure at a nearby park. Others wanted to design a structure for locations that they have visited with family (New York City, overlooking the Statue of Liberty, etc.).

My Thoughts on PrintLab Classroom Curriculum

The written directions and student workbooks, along with the step-by-step video tutorials using TinkerCAD to create the parts for projects are extremely helpful for both myself as the teacher and my students.

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What we are currently working on

I am currently using the PrintLab bridge lesson and modifying it to include a suspension bridge, arch bridge, and beam bridge.  My students are working in groups of four and were assigned a bridge type.  Their goal is to design a bridge to replace an existing, deteriorating bridge that crosses the Ohio River from Covington, KY to Cincinnati, OH.

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