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In this 3 lesson project, students will learn how to design, edit and 3D print chemical structures using free software. The project involves an introduction to atoms and molecules before students split up into teams. Each team will be allocated a different molecule to research before 3D modelling and 3D printing the chemical structure. By 3D printing and having a tangible object, students can better visualise and understand the molecular world. In the final lesson of the project, each group will present their 3D printed model along with their research. Enrolling in the lesson will give you complete access to the teacher training material and lesson documents. This includes content to help you prepare and deliver the lessons along with design tutorials so you become familiar with the process prior to teaching it in the classroom.
The lesson can be incorporated into the study of science and can be adapted for ages 8-16. The curriculum is aligned to NGSS, CCSS and UK National Curriculum standards. A comprehensive list of standards met is included in the lesson platform.
- research a specific chemical molecule and present their findings
1 x laptop/computer with mouse, internet access, slicing software for the 3D printer, Avogadro software and PMV software (see lesson preparation for free download instructions)