Coffee/Tea Cup Sleeve by Brian Franklin

This week we are featuring this functional coffee/tea cup sleeve shared on YouMagine by Brian Franklin.

This object is a good example of how 3D printing can be utilised to design and make more sustainable products, reducing the demand for the disposable sleeves provided by coffee shops. Students could use the “Research It” activity to research some of the environmental issues surrounding the use of disposable coffee cups. Students could then follow this up with the “Explain It” activity

Following this, students could identify other disposable items and follow the “Improve It” activity design and make their own 3D printed alternatives to reduce waste.

The “Advertise It” activity also works well with this product. Students could design and make point of sale display and/or packaging prototypes or develop an advertising campaign for the coffeee/tea cup sleeves (or their own designs).

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Suggested Activities

The Geometric Coaster works well as an object to use with the following Object of the Week activities:

  • Describe It
  • Describe & Draw It
  • Research It
  • Explain 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.

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