Helping Animals with 3D Printing
Upper Elementary School
Description: During this project, students learn about 3D printing technology and how it is used to make prostheses for animals. Students choose a fictional animal patient and follow the engineering design process to develop a prosthetic solution for their patient. They conduct research, brainstorm ideas, create a computer-aided design, use a 3D printer, and present their solution to the class. This project includes two lessons: 3D Printing & Animals and The Engineering Design Process. This project was developed in partnership with MakerGirl and takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete.
Standards: This project aligns to Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Next Generation Science Standards, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, and Florida CPALMS Standards for third grade through fifth grade.
21st Century Skills: Creativity, Flexibility, Critical Thinking, Communication, Technology Literacy
Describe the 3D printing process.
Recognize the connection between 3D printing and animals.
Apply the engineering design process.
Create a computer-aided design.
Use and share makerspace equipment safely.