Design a Self-Watering Planter

Students learn about photosynthesis before designing and 3D printing a self-watering planter - available to subscribers of The PrintLab Classroom

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Lesson Overview

In this creative project, students will design and 3D print a self-watering planter before growing their own classroom plants! By watching a teacher presentation, they will become familiar with the processes of photosynthesis and the advantages of self-watering planters. Students will go on to follow a tutorial video to design a basic self-watering planter. Finally, they are challenged to add certain features to the planter and customise it to make it unique! Once 3D printed, the class can experiment with different seeds and explore the optimal conditions for plant growth.

Curriculum Details

The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, biology, design technology and computing. The material can be adapted for ages 9-15. The curriculum is aligned to ISTE, NGSS, CCSS and UK National Curriculum standards. A comprehensive list of standards met is included in the lesson platform.

Included Resources:

  • Example self-watering planter model (STL)

  • Class presentation (Google Docs and PDF)

  • Video design tutorials in Tinkercad and Fusion 360 (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

        • Photosynthesis and planters explainer video (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

        • Design challenges worksheet (Google Docs and PDF)

        • Assessment rubric (Google Docs and PDF)

                    Self-Paced Learning Option

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