3D Printer

3D Modeling and Design

  • 3-D Modeling and Design

    Course Syllabus


    General Course Objectives


    The 3-D Modeling and Design course at Columbia Middle School introduces students to 3-D design through 3-D rendering software and 3-D printers to print or fabricate their structures. The 3-D Modeling course is student-centered and encompasses project-based learning. Students are given design challenges and apply the skills learned in a systematic approach to solving various design challenges.


    Students will complete a series of tutorial exercises using the 3-D design software TinkerCad to learn and develop the skills needed for building 3-dimensional projects. The activities will increase in difficulty and end with the student designing and printing a final project. The course engages students in first-hand experiences associated with the application of technology. This course also acquaints the students with the impact of 3-D technology on the individual, society, and the environment, as well as on related careers.


    The 3-D Modeling course aims to prepare students for life in the 21st century through learning about state-of-the-art technologies and processes and applying them to real-life situations. The course is divided into modules or units designed to illustrate essential areas of 3-D Modeling and Design. The modules cover various fields of study. After the basic information is protected, the student must apply the information to solve problems illustrating the concepts. Each module provides a knowledge, application, and analysis component. The student monitors the results and produces data that is analyzed for accuracy. Revisions are made as needed.


     General Course Outline

    Unit 1 – Understanding 2-D and 3-D drawings. Orthographic and Isometric

    Unit 2 – Technological uses and factors and how 3-D printing affects society and individuals.     

    Unit 3 – Communication through 3-D drawings

    Unit 4 – TinkerCad 3-D Design software: Basics, Lessons, and Project tutorials

    Unit 5 – SketchUp 3-D rendering software:  Design 3 dimensional "Dream Home"


     Grading & Homework

    No Homework will be given. Rubrics will be used to assess student projects. Google Classroom is used to distribute students' work during a teacher's absence.

    Students will be given a weekly grade for their classroom work on projects and participation in activities.

    Student grades will be based on a point system of 20 points per week.