In this project, students will be creating sustainable products out of mycelium – the root-like structures of mushrooms. After learning about mycelium and its innovative uses, they will participate in a written brainstorming activity to identify a consumer product to make, followed by a visual brainstorm to determine feasible and desirable forms. Guided by tutorial videos, they then design and 3D print moulds for their chosen solutions, before planting an organic substrate inoculated by mycelium. Over a period of 3-5 days, the mycelium grows and acts as a binding agent to ‘glue’ the substrate together. Once dried, the structurally sound products can be put to use in the world.
The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, design technology, science and computing. The material can be adapted for ages 11+. 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.
Resources Included in Project:
Mycelium Moulds intro video (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)
Growing with Mycelium video by Grown.bio (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)
Constrained brainstorm method - animated instructions and PDF template
Tinkercad 3D design tutorial (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)
Fusion 360 3D design tutorial (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)
Assessment Rubric (PDF and Google Docs)
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.