This STEM workshop has you inventing and creating in 3D. Using 3D pen technology, design your own plastic model for a purpose.
Level: Available for Level 1 to Level 6.
Duration: Available in a 90 minute format only.
Numbers: Each workshop can cater to a maximum of 30 children. However, smaller groups have better access to equipment and the facilitator.
3D Printing is a new technology that enables people to create a new object in minutes; it might be a new design to test (a prototype) or a replacement part for something.
3D drawing pens are like mini 3D printers. A plastic filament is melted inside the pen and squeezed through a nozzle to draw whatever the user wants to create. The plastic hardens as it cools.
The pens use different types of plastic that have different properties – some are more rigid than others, some more flexible. Some have higher melting points than others. Some are naturally derived and are therefore compostable.
3D drawing techniques include making 2D shapes and ‘welding’ them together, as well as drawing straight up, off the page and into mid-air!
Students are introduced to 3D printing technology, its applications and potential.
Each student learns how to operate their own 3D drawing pen, beginning with stencils to create some basic 2D shapes, then ‘welding’ those shapes together into a 3D object.
Students use the 3D pen to create their own functional object to keep, which they can customise with their own imagination and creativity.
Victorian Curriculum Links
Explore the characteristics and properties of materials and components that are used to create designed solutions (VCDSTC017)
Investigate how forces and the properties of materials affect the behaviour of a designed solution (VCDSTC024)
Visualise, generate, and communicate design ideas through describing, drawing and modelling (VCDSCD019)
Use materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to produce designed solutions safely (VCDSCD020)
Select and use materials, components, tools and equipment using safe work practices to produce designed solutions (VCDSCD030)
Safely use appropriate materials, tools, equipment and technologies (VCSIS067)
NSW Curriculum Links
Explains how the properties of materials determines their use for a range of purposes (ST3-7MW-T)
Investigates how forces and energy are used in products (ST1-9PW-ST)
Plans and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity (ST3-2DP-T)
Australian Curriculum Links
Explore the characteristics and properties of materials and components that are used to create designed solutions (ACTDEK004)
Investigate how forces and the properties of materials affect the behaviour of a product or system (ACTDEK011)
Generate, develop and record design ideas through describing, drawing and modelling (ACTDEP006)
Use materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to safely make designed solutions (ACTDEP007)
Critique needs or opportunities for designing and explore and test a variety of materials, components, tools and equipment and the techniques needed to produce designed solutions (ACTDEP014)
With guidance, plan and conduct scientific investigations to find answers to questions, considering the safe use of appropriate materials and equipment (ACSIS065)