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To Print or Not to Print - Lesson Plan

To Print or Not to Print - Lesson Plan

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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.

ISTE Standards

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.

Materials Needed

Each Student Needs:

  • Student Portfolio
  • Goggles

The Class Needs:


  • Paint/Primer for rocket design (Enough materials for each student)
  • Camera

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