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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Lesson 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.

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.

In this project 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

        • manufacture architectural models through 3D printing

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