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In this one-hour lesson students will collaboratively design and 3D print their school name in braille. The lesson involves context about the written language braille along with mathematical calculations, CAD design, and 3D printing. Enrolling in PrintLab Classroom will give you complete access to the teacher training material and lesson documents. This includes content to help you prepare and deliver the lesson along with design tutorials so you become familiar with the process prior to teaching it in the classroom.
The lesson can be incorporated into the study of english/languages, mathematics, or design technology, and can be adapted for ages 7-15.
In this lesson students will:
- Develop contextual knowledge of braille
- Understand the basic principles of braille design
- Design CAD models to set dimensions
- Develop an understanding of 3D printers and how they operate
- Manufacture braille models through 3D printing
Each student will require:
1 x laptop/computer with mouse and internet access
1 x pen/pencil
The teacher will require:
1 x screen for presentation
1 x 3D printer and filament
1 x laptop/computer preloaded with slicing software for your 3D printer