Shape Heroes Workshop

Inspiring writing by creating a new collectable toy craze

Students will develop, design and 3D print a “Shape Hero” collectable toy character to use as a stimulus for a series of creative writing activities.

This cross-curricular workshop covers Literacy, Computing and Design Technology at KS2 and is suitable for students in Year 3 to Year 5. At the end of the workshop, each student will have a shape hero character 3D printed from their own design.

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This workshop:

  • Runs for half a day*
  • With a maximum of 30 students
  • 2½ – 3hrs to work around individual school day timings

Each workshop provides:

  • A complete project to form the basis of a creative writing topic.
  • Resources fully mapped to the relevant curriculum areas.
  • Resources fully mapped to the relevant curriculum areas.
  • A copy of all the workshop resources, enabling you to run the workshop with other groups of students in the future.
  • A 3D print of each student’s shape hero character design.

During the workshop’s students will:

  • Learn how 3D printers work.
  • Discover some of the applications of 3D printing.
  • Design and create their own 3D model.

From £300 for a half day workshop (dependent upon location of school).

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Shape Hero Design 3D print

In this workshop students will:

  • Learn how 3D printers work and how they can produce 3D object.
  • Understand the 3-stage 3D printing process (model-slice-print).
  • Learn the basic functions of Tinkercad 3D modelling software.
  • Design a Shape Hero Character and produce a plan for 3D modelling it in Tinkercad.
  • Create a 3D model of their Shape Hero character using Tinkercad software.
  • Complete a character fact file containing character descriptions.
  • Evaluate their character (fact file descriptions and model) and suggest improvements.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Tinkercad planning sheet.
  • 3D CAD model of a Shape Hero character.
  • 3D printed Shape Hero collectable toy.
  • Shape Hero character fact file.
  • Project evaluation.

Key concepts and terminology:

  • Additive manufacturing
  • 3D modelling
  • Slicing
  • 3D printing
  • CAD (computer aided design)
  • CAM (computer aided manufacturing)

KS2 English Yr3&4 POS

  • To give well-structured descriptions.
  • In narratives, creating settings, characters and plot.
  • To write for a range of real purposes and audiences.

KS2 Computing POS

  • To apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies.
  • Are confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
  • To work with various forms of output.
  • To use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs and content.

KS2 Design Technology POS

  • To develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • To build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
  • To critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • To generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through computer-aided design.
  • To use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, shaping], accurately.
  • To evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.


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