Design your own Watchtower

Design and 3D print historical interpretations of the Great Wall of China - available to subscribers of The PrintLab Classroom

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Project Overview

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.

Curriculum Details

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.

Included Resources:

  • Project overview video (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

  • Design workbooks (PDF)

        • Class presentation (PDF)

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

              Self-Paced Learning Option

              PrintLab's student portal is home to the online learning resources required for each of PrintLab’s lesson plans (CAD tutorial videos, explainer videos etc), but it is also structured in such a way that gives users the option to work through each project online in a self-paced manner without a teacher/instructor. The perfect solution for distance learning, 3D printing clubs, passion projects or self-paced learning at libraries and makerspaces.

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