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.

Subject Areas

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.

In this project students will:

  • develop an understanding of the history of maracas

  • understand and explore how music is created with maracas

  • determine how the design of maracas affects the frequency and amplitude

        • use CAD software to design a maraca and a unique percussion instrument

        • use advanced 3D printing techniques to make functional percussion instruments

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