Design your own Spinning Top

A lesson where students compete to design and 3D print the spinning top that spins for the longest time - available to subscribers of The PrintLab Classroom

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Project Overview

In this 2-part lesson, students will be designing and 3D printing their own unique spinning top. During the lesson they will experiment with demonstration models and make design decisions on how they intend to improve the design and aesthetics of the demonstration models. In the main part of the lesson, students will follow an instructional video to design a spinning top. Using the skills learnt in the tutorial, they go on to design their own unique spinning top, which will be used in the class competition in lesson 2!

Curriculum Details

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

  • Spinning top demonstration model (STL)

  • Lesson intro, design and competition worksheets (Google Docs and PDF)

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

        • Spinning tops and forces 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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