Have you ever wondered what it would be like to imagine, design, and print your very own 3D creation? In this class, you will learn all about 3D printing, how it works, and learn the software to create your own unique designs!
3D printers are changing the game! It’s now easier and faster than ever to bring ideas to 3-dimensional life. Nerds will design 3D models in a kid-friendly CAD (Computer Aided Design) program, learn the printing process, watch their creation print, then take it home! Kids will learn the math and spatial reasoning required to navigate the 3D design environment and how to efficiently use the tools to produce their models. You’ll also learn about all the awesome ways 3D printing is being used for prosthetics and healthcare, construction of homes, and even in space!
This is the perfect class for nerds who are interested in 3D printing technology and the amazing impact it has – and will continue to have – in today’s world! We’ll use TinkerCad, an easy-to-use online program, to learn how to design and build our awesome creations.
Successful nerds are imaginative learners who enjoy visual planning and designing on the computer. Nerds will share their clever ideas and projects during the week!
Your nerd will also interact with kids with similar creative interests and will make new friends as they cheer each other on.
We will be working in a browser-based program called TinkerCAD. We will manage your nerd’s account and set them up on the first day of class. They will have access to this account and can continue to design for all eternity! Their designs are downloadable for future printing.
Nerds will also design and print a personalized keychain and “final print” of their choice, and it can be as big as approximately 4x4x4 inches. They will also take home several small test prints, like Pikachus, dice, small astronauts, etc.
There are also a few non-computer-based builds in this class like a model prosthetic hand!
We’ll learn using in-class demonstrations and additional online tutorials to view after class. We’ll talk about the engineering design process and how to think about continuous improvement in our designs. We’ll also talk about what industries are using 3D printing today and the incredible improvements being made in our society, especially in health care!
Over the 5 days of this class nerds will:
Your nerd will build and discover like these nerds have.
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Heartwood (Mesa, Arizona)
Eduprize (Gilbert, Arizona)
Week long (M-F) | 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
$165 – $195
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