Design your own Watchtower

Design and 3D print historical interpretations of the Great Wall of China

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In this 1 hour lesson students will collaboratively design and 3D print a series of watchtowers belonging to the Great Wall of China. The lesson involves historical and architectural context about the Great Wall along with CAD design and 3D printing. 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 lesson along with design tutorials so you become familiar with the process prior to teaching it in the classroom.

Subject Areas

The lesson can be incorporated into the study of history, geography, art and design, design technology or ICT and can be adapted for ages 8-15. The curriculum is aligned to NGSS, CCSS and UK National Curriculum standards. A comprehensive list of standards met is included in the lesson platform.

Learning Criteria

In this lesson students will:
- develop historical knowledge about the Great Wall of China
- understand basic principles about the construction of the Great Wall
- analyse precedent images of the Great Wall and its features
- use orthographic drawing techniques to design an architectural model of a watchtower
- use CAD software to create models with set design requirements
- develop an understanding of 3D printers and how they operate
- manufacture architectural models through 3D printing

Equipment List

Each student will require:
1 x laptop/computer with mouse and internet access
1 x pen/pencil

The teacher will require:
1 x screen for presentation
1 x 3D printer and PLA filament (
1 x laptop/computer with mouse, internet access and slicing software (or Polar Cloud) for the 3D printer

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