Grades 4-8 | 5-6 (45 min) Classes

Topics Covered

3D Printing

Essential Question

How can 3D printing be used to make a rocket nose cone and fins?


In this lesson, students will learn about 3D printing: What it is, how it works, and how it is used in the aerospace industry. After 3D printing the nose cone and fins they choose, they will build and launch the Orbis rocket. They will discuss the pros and cons of using 3D printed pieces for the rocket.


Each Student Needs:

  • Student Design Portfolio
  • Safety Goggles

Each Classroom Needs:


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Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.


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The production of a three-dimensional object by depositing materials in layers, also known as 3D printing


To force or push out


The layer of material covering solid rock (planets, moons, and asteroids) and consists of dust, sand, soil and rocks


A type of 3D printing (creates three-dimensional objects layer by layer) that uses a plastic polymer that hardens upon contact with ultraviolet light (laser)


A type of plastic that melts when heated and hardens once cooled

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