I’ve been itching for a chance to incorporate my 3D printers meaningfully into my science curriculum and finally came up with an idea! We have just finished a unit on gravity, and I could see several ways gravity is essential to the 3D printing process. Today, I introduced students to the printer, its parts, and how it works. Students have been watching it print from the spaceship lesson I did with my enrichment group last month, so they had some basic background knowledge, but this was a good way to answer questions whole group and talk about misconceptions. For example, they didn’t realize the spools of filament were a type of plastic. Tomorrow, students will compose paragraphs about how the 3D printer relies somewhat on gravity in order to work. We will be using the 1 paragraph templates from Writing Revolution (love this program!) to plan first. I have provided a word bank of the key vocabulary we learned about in our unit that students should be able to incorporate correctly in the paragraph.
The STEM Sisters are Elementary Teachers working together on STEM related topics and projects.