Design your own Whistle

A lesson where students explore sound waves by designing a functional whistle for their sports department - available to subscribers of The PrintLab Classroom

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Project Overview

In this 4 lesson project, students will embark on a design journey to create a functional 3D printed whistle for their sports department. Lesson 1 begins with a presentation and discussion about sound waves, frequency and amplitude. The class will then go through a 3D modelling tutorial to design and 3D print a whistle. The design tutorial will give students the necessary CAD skills to create their own unique whistle, which is developed as part of an engineering design process in lessons 2-4.

Curriculum Details

The lesson can be incorporated into the study of physics, music, maths, computing and design technology and can be adapted for ages 8-16. 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:

  • Class presentation (Google Docs and PDF)

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

  • Sound waves quiz (Google Docs and PDF)

        • Sound waves and whistles explainer video (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

        • Design workbooks (Google Docs and PDF)

        • Assessment Rubric (Google Docs and PDF)

              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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