Make a Tactile Game

Students are challenged to design tactile games for people who are blind or have visual impairments - available to subscribers of The PrintLab Classroom

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Project Overview

In this creative project, students will be introduced to an example tactile matching game, which will be 3D printed by the teacher prior to the lesson. By discussing tactile discrimination and awareness as a class, students will gain an understanding of how the games are created and played, together with their benefits. Following on from the discussion, students will participate in a skill-building tutorial, where they will follow instructions to design a tactile matching game in CAD software. In the main part of the lesson, students will be split into teams to design and 3D print their own unique tactile matching games.


Curriculum Details

The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, design technology, art & design 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:

  • Example tactile game model (STL)

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

  • Design workbooks (Google Docs and PDF)

        • Tactile game explainer video (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

        • Assessment rubric (Google Docs and PDF)

                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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