Little Entrepreneurs Project

A 30-page team portfolio that guides students to create a 3D printing business

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There's no doubt that 3D printing is making huge waves across almost every industry - from architecture and engineering to healthcare, fashion and product design. However, we are also seeing an ever-widening skills gap, which is augmented by the lack of funding schools receive for edtech products. Fundraising activities such as cake sales and events are a great way to raise money to purchase technology equipment, but imagine if there was an alternative way that involved students learning entrepreneurial skills in the process.

Introducing the Little Entrepreneurs Project - a creative journey for teams of students, where they are guided by a 30-page portfolio to create a 3D printing business. Teams are challenged to go through a rigorous, investigative process to design a 3D printed product, which can be sold to parents, local businesses and the local community. In addition to designing a product, students will learn about business aspects such as manufacturing costs and market research.

The project can be undertaken as a roleplay scenario but we are encouraging teachers to actually implement one of the business plans created by students. Whether the funds created can pay for filament for your 3D printers or students exceed expectations and raise enough money to buy more 3D printers, we believe in the entrepreneurial skills of your students and so should you!

Enrolling in the lesson will give you complete access to the student portfolio, which can be printed as many times as you like. Additional step-by-step instructions are also included for your reference.

Subject Areas

The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, art and design, design technology and computing. The material 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.

Portfolio Contents

  • The Brief
  • Product Examples
  • Define your Idea
  • Draw your Idea
  • Concept Feedback
  • Re-Draw your Idea
  • Market Research and Strategy
  • Manufacturing Equipment
  • Product Competition
  • Marketing to your Audience
  • Operational Strategy
  • Business Plan
  • CAD Design
  • 3D Print a Prototype
  • Prototype Testing
  • Audience Feedback
  • Cost Analysis
  • Sketch your Iteration
  • CAD Design Iteration
  • 3D Print the Iteration
  • Present your Business