3D printing in high school education – Ultimaker

At Vathorst College in the Netherlands, 3D printing is offered as an elective course to kids that are interested to learn more about this technology.

After assembling a 3D printer in-class, the students use it to print out parts of a bottle rocket that is launched with water pressure.

This project allows the students to expand their knowledge on science and mathematics with 3D printing as a vital part of the process. Read on to find lesson plans that focus on both a science and mathematical application.

The 3D printed bottle rocket project – Ultimaker

Over the course of 4-5 weeks, small groups of students learn to build different parts of an Ultimaker 3D printer and assemble them all together. They later use the 3D printer to design and develop parts for their bottle rocket project. By offering the 3D printing class as an elective course, the students taking part in it are motivated and eager to learn more about 3D printing and design.

The bottle rocket project revolves around designing specific parts of the rocket. The shape of the wings and the sharpness of the nose cone all influence the flight the rocket will make, and thus need to be considered.

After designing all the parts, the rocket is assembled and launched. It is a fun and inclusive project, with many opportunities to link it to mathematics and science.

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