On 15th October 2016, CREATE Education Ambassador and Computing Subject Leader at Edge Hill University, Carl Simmons delivered an inspirational workshop at the Computing at School (CAS) Manchester regional conference. The focus of the workshop was to introduce 3D printing technology, software and processes and look at different approaches for integrating the technology into the Computing Curriculum.
Carl has very kindly shared his workshop resources with CREATE Education. The resources are available to download here and include the presentation from the workshop, this is a useful starting point if you looking at utilising 3D printing in the Computing Curriculum, with lots of ideas to inspire you and get you thinking.
Carl has also shared a handy TinkerCAD interface overview sheet, which provides a useful visual aid for getting started using TinkerCAD to create 3D models.
On the day Carl 3D printed these seasonal pumpkin models and workshop attendees had a go at creating their own pumpkins in TinkerCAD, the TinkerCAD Pumpkin Worksheet resource download, provides a simple overview of how to do this. You could download similar models from YouMagine or students can design their own using the 3D shapes functions to assemble their model in TinkerCAD.
Also check out our Pumpkin Grew featured object of the week.
In The Classroom
This is a professional development resource to allow you to consider the potential for 3D Printing in Computing. Some of the ideas presented can be developed into mini projects to try out with the students.