Make a Percussion Instrument

Students are taught about maracas and their construction before designing their own percussion instrument - available to subscribers of The PrintLab Classroom

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Lesson Overview

In this 3 part lesson, students will design and 3D print their own percussion instrument! By watching a teacher presentation, experimenting with demonstration models and viewing the 3D printing process, they will become familiar with the construction of maracas and learn the benefits of using a 3D printer to manufacture them. Students will go on to use an instructional video to practice designing maracas in Tinkercad or Fusion 360 software, before embarking on their own creative journey to 3D model and 3D print a unique and futuristic percussion instrument.

Curriculum Details

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

  • Demonstration maracas model (STL)

  • Class presentation (Google Docs and PDF)

        • Design challenge worksheets (Google Docs and PDF)

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

              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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