In a recent primary STEM competition held by the CREATE Education Project, the winner Lola’s idea was to design and 3D print a Shoe Lace Clip as it would solve a problem she often encounters with her shoe laces coming undone. It looks like she wasn’t the only one as we found this simple but effective shoe lace clip design shared on YouMagine by Kayle-Ann Lee Chee.
This shape of this object lends itself well to the “Describe It” and the “Describe and Draw It” activities as it is not immediately apparent what the object is for. These activities would also lead well into the “Imagine It” activity allowing pupils to develop a story based around discovering a use for the object or the “Advertise it” activity.
The shoe laces clip would also lend itself well to the “Improve It” activity, students could test how well the object works and make design improvements or redesign the item.
The Shoe Laces Clip works well as an object to use with the following Object of the Week activities:
- Describe It
- Describe & Draw It
- Imagine It
- Improve It
- Advertise It
Download the Object of the Week Teacher Guide and accompanying resources to find out more.
About Object of the Week
“Object of the Week” is a fully resourced open-ended classroom project developed by the CREATE Education Project to provide regular opportunities throughout the year for students to explore the world of 3D printing.
A series of stand-alone classroom activities have been developed to support the project. The activities allow students to:
- use their imagination
- develop speaking and listening skills
- develop descriptive and creative writing skills
- be creative
- develop research, evaluation and presentation skills
- explore future careers
- learn how real life problems are solved
- develop their own solutions
The open-ended activities are designed to be cross-curricular, for use across of range of ages/levels and weekly objects are selected to cover a range of applications and subject areas. Some objects may provide a platform for introducing or expanding on a specific topic area or as a springboard to a class project. Ideas for taking it further will be provided where applicable.
Resources include a comprehensive Teacher Guide which provides an overview of each activity and suggestions for how to deliver the activity in class. PowerPoint Interactive Classroom Activity Slides and a set of Student Worksheets are also available to support the activities. These resources can be downloaded by clicking the links in the right column.