Make a Bowling Alley

Students combine 2D technical drawing with 3D modelling and 3D printing to create a bowling alley

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In this 3 part lesson, students will design and 3D print their own bowling alley! By watching a teacher presentation, they will become familiar with the rules of bowling and the calculations required to score games. Students will go on to learn about scale and ratios in a student workbook, before creating a scale drawing of a bowling lane. Finally, they will design and 3D print a marble ramp and bowling pins to be used in a class bowling tournament! 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 lessons 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 maths, physics, art and design, design technology and computing. The material can be adapted for ages 9-15. 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 project students will:

  • develop a mathematical understanding of how to score bowling games
  • interpret numerical data to create a scale drawing of a bowling alley
  • use 3D modelling software to design a marble ramp
  • use 3D printing to manufacture a marble ramp
  • analyse and test the performance of their marble ramp and suggest improvements to the design

Equipment List

Each student will require:
1 x laptop/computer with mouse and internet access to use Tinkercad software
1 x pen/pencil
1 x ruler
1 x calculator
1 x protractor

The teacher will require:
1 x 3D printer and PLA filament (http://weareprintlab.com/products)
1 x laptop/computer with mouse, internet access and slicing software (or Polar Cloud) for the 3D printer
6 x 3D printed bowling pin set (STL provided in lesson materials)
6 x 16mm marble