3-D Printing: Explorations in Innovations is a series of curriculum packages that get students involved with designing and completing 3-D printing projects. The packages include Afinia H-Series 3D Printers, 3-D software for PC and Mac, handling tools, ABS filament, 3-D printing curriculum, and hands-on materials. These packages are made for 25 students and require 2:1 student computing.
In the three-week course Vehicle Engineering, students work in teams with the provided activity materials and an Afinia 3D Printer to design a battery-powered vehicle. Students are guided through the design process by the provided Engineering Notebook. After students complete this activity, they understand how rapid prototyping is used by engineers to solve design problems in an iterative manner.
In the three-week course Design Solutions, teams of two students utilize 3-D design software to create two small designs that may be printed using the provided Afinia 3D Printers. Teachers present basic design information along with copyright and patent information. Students engage in hands-on design work, use software tutorials, and maintain a design notebook. Problem of the Day activities challenge students to design or modify products. Each team prints its design solution and presents the finished product to the class.
For a powerful pairing, combine the two courses for the Vehicle Engineering and Design Solutions Package. Visit www.pitsco.com for more information about our 3-D Printing packages.
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By Rena Mincks, TAG member, Jefferson Elementary, Pullman, WA
Sometimes keeping my highly capable third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students enthused and engaged can be challenging. Not with straw rockets. All students were actively engaged in designing, building, and experimenting with the easy-to-use materials. Rich conversations around velocity, length of flight, and angle of launch were heard for weeks as students would change one variable at a time, including length of straw, weight of nose cone in relation to length of straw, types of fins, and number of fins. Students were designing various data tables to see which type was easiest to read. Measurements needed to be accurate to see exactly which rocket performed the best.
Straw Rockets - Getting Started PackageStraw Rocket Launcher Lesson PlanDrawing the Short Straw
Forces within the Earth bend and strain the thin crust on which we live. When these forces are strong enough, they cause the crust to snap causing an earthquake. We have all seen the tremendous damage and devastation that can occur especially to manmade structures. Engineers, architects, and scientists have to work together to understand how earthquakes work and construct structures to withstand these forces.
Want your student(s) to learn the difference between a live load and a dead load? How about how engineers create buildings to withstand an earthquake's force? How excited would your student(s) be to design and test how structures are affected by earthquakes?
Using the myQuake miniSystem, students can design, construct, and test structures for earthquake resistance in a dynamic way. This system is ideal for teaching about resonant frequencies, sensor measurement, and data acquisition and analysis. Pitsco offers two different two-student packages that utilize the myQuake miniSystem.
In the Understand Structures & Earthquakes Action Pack, students explore components of an earthquake and the factors engineers must consider when constructing earthquake-resistant buildings. Students will complete lessons focused on answering questions such as these: Why do structures crumble in an earthquake? Is there such a thing as an earthquake-resistant structure? They will design and build an earthquake-resistant structure. The myQuake Teacher’s Guide provides two weeks of curriculum, and the Action Pack contains enough materials and equipment for two students.
Earth science, physics, and engineering all combine in the study of earthquakes to make a dynamic learning opportunity that is captured in the myQuake Mini Pack. In the myQuake Mini Pack, students learn about seismic waves, plate tectonics, and other key concepts; build simple structures to test on the myQuake; experiment with the Harmonic Highrise to see resonant frequency; and perform other activities. The myQuake Teacher’s Guide provides three weeks of curriculum, and the Mini Pack contains enough materials and equipment for two students.
Visit www.pitsco.com to find out more about the myQuake miniSystem.