Make your School Name in Braille

Design and 3D print braille blocks that spell out your school's name

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**This is a free lesson that is part of The PrintLab Classroom lesson portal. To view details or to get access to the full portal, CLICK HERE**


In this 1 hour lesson students will collaboratively design and 3D print their school name in braille. The lesson involves context about the written language braille along with mathematical calculations, CAD design 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 english/languages, mathematics, design technology or computing and can be adapted for ages 8-16. The curriculum is aligned to NGSS, CCSS and UK National Curriculum standards.

*Details on how to adapt the project to suit different age groups and skill levels is included within the lesson materials, together with a comprehensive list of curriculum standards met.

Learning Criteria

In this lesson students will:
- develop contextual knowledge of braille
- understand the basic principles of braille design
- design CAD models to set dimensions
- develop an understanding of 3D printers and how they operate
- manufacture braille models through 3D printing

Equipment List

Each student will require:
1 x laptop/computer with mouse and internet access
1 x pen/pencil

The teacher will require:
1 x screen for presentation
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

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