Grades 4-8 | 5-6 (45 min) Classes
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.
Common Core Standards - English
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
1.1 Empowered Learner
Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.
Each Student Needs:
- Student Portfolio
The Class Needs:
- 3D Printing Slide Presentation
- Orbis 3D Bulk Pack (STL Files included!)
- Engines (A8-3, B4-4, B6-4, or C6-5)
- Lifetime Launch System
- Plastic Cement
- Fine Sandpaper
- Hobby Knife
- Masking Tape
- 3D Printer and associated printer filament
- Colored Markers or different colored sticky notes (Enough for a class discussion)
- Paint/Primer for rocket design (Enough materials for each student)
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