In this creative project, students design solutions to limit the spread of viruses such as Covid-19 on surfaces. The lesson begins with an animation explainer video about virus transmission on surfaces. Students then explore an innovative solution called Armie (by Print City at Manchester Metropolitan University) - a hands-free handle design that promotes the user to use their arm to open doors and drawers, limiting the spread of infectious droplets onto fingertips. By following tutorials to design and improve Armie for their classroom handles, students will be equipped with the foundational knowledge and skills to make their own unique solutions through a process of research, simulation, design, testing and iteration.
The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, design technology, citizenship 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.
Resources Included in Project:
Example hands-free design solution - Armie (STL and PDF assembly instructions)
Project introduction and explainer videos (hosted on PrintLab's Student Portal)
Product analysis and storyboard worksheets (PDF)
Tinkercad and Fusion 360 tutorial videos guiding students in designing Armie (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.