3D Printing & Design

Grades 4-7

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Class Description

3D printers are changing the game! It’s now easier and faster than ever to bring ideas to 3 dimensional life. Nerds will design 3D models in a kid friendly CAD (Computer Aided Design) program, learn the printing process, watch their creation print, then take it home! Kids will learn the math and spatial reasoning required to navigate the 3D design environment and how to efficiently use the tools to produce their models. You’ll also learn about all the awesome ways 3D printing is being used for prosthetics and healthcare, construction of homes, and even in space!

Class Structure: Grades 4-7

Our Big Nerds classes for grades entering 4-7, have 2 types: regular classroom classes and computer lab* classes. The regular classroom classes run very similarly in format to the Little Nerds classes, essentially lesson, building/work, break, lesson, building/work.

Our computer lab* classes are Graphic Design, Virtual Reality, Coding Games, and 3D Printing. All of them require design or coding software that we provide account access for. The class will be based around learning that software to design or code the assigned projects. In addition to instruction on the software, all of these classes include lessons about how to connect what we are learning to the real world. There may be some building of physical projects mixed in, and we will certainly take breaks, but the majority of the class is spent working in the lab.

*We strongly recommend against taking 2 computer lab classes in the same week. It’s too much sitting and screen time! Mix and match with a non computer lab class if your nerd stays all day!

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Summer 2020

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