Make a 3D Contour Model

SketchUp and 3D printing is used to create a 1:50,000 scale contour model of Mount Everest

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In this lesson 1 hour lesson plan students will collaboratively design and 3D print a 1:50,000 scale model of Mount Everest and its surroundings. The lesson involves mathematical calculations along with CAD design tasks, mapping skills 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 mathematics, geography, 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 contextual knowledge of topographic maps and contours
- understand how geographical features are represented on maps
- develop an understanding of 3D printers, how they operate and how they are used in various industries
- use mathematical calculations to determine the size that a 3D contour model should be at the scale 1:50000
- communicate geographical information using CAD software and 3D printing

Equipment List

Each student will require:
1 x laptop/computer with mouse preloaded with Sketchup Make 2017 (free from www.sketchup.com)
1 x pen/pencil
1 x 30cm ruler
1 x calculator

The teacher will require:
1 x screen for presentation
1 x 3D printer and PLA filament (http://weareprintlab.com/products)
1 x laptop/computer preloaded with slicing software for your 3D printer

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