BOOST YOUR HOMESCHOOLING
Add Our 16-Week
Intro to 3D Design & 3D Printing
Self-Paced Online Course (Ages 7-12)
WHY ADD THIS COURSE TO YOUR HOMESCHOOLING CURRICULUM
Early Exposure: Introducing CAD (Computer-Aided Design) at a young age provides early exposure to industry-standard tools and concepts, laying a strong foundation for future studies and careers.
Creativity Enhancement: CAD software allows students to unleash their creativity by designing and visualizing their ideas, fostering innovative thinking and problem-solving skills.
Spatial Skills: CAD helps develop spatial reasoning and visualization skills, which are crucial for understanding and working with 2D and 3D designs.
Technical Proficiency: Students gain technical proficiency in using CAD software, which is a valuable skill in various industries, including engineering and architecture.
STEM Learning: CAD integrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts, offering a holistic learning experience that aligns with the modern educational landscape.
Project-Based Learning: CAD encourages project-based learning, enabling students to work on real-world design projects and apply their knowledge to practical scenarios.
Career Readiness: Early CAD exposure prepares students for future careers in engineering, architecture, industrial design, and related fields by equipping them with relevant skills.
Digital Literacy: CAD enhances digital literacy, helping students become proficient in using technology for design and problem-solving tasks.
Improved Attention to Detail: CAD requires meticulous attention to detail, honing precision and accuracy skills that are valuable in many professions.
Cross-Disciplinary Understanding: CAD bridges the gap between various disciplines, allowing students to understand how engineering, architecture, and design intersect and complement each other.
Hands-On Learning: CAD provides a hands-on learning experience that goes beyond traditional classroom methods, making learning engaging and interactive.
Portfolio Development: Students can start building a portfolio of their CAD projects, which may be useful for college applications or future job opportunities.
Future-Ready Skills: As technology continues to shape these industries, CAD skills make students well-prepared for the evolving job market.
Problem Solving: CAD challenges students to solve complex design problems, fostering critical thinking and analytical skills.
Global Collaboration: CAD allows students to collaborate on design projects with peers from around the world, promoting cultural awareness and teamwork.
By introducing CAD to homeschool students (ages 7-12), you empower them with a range of skills and knowledge that can benefit their educational and career journeys in engineering, architecture, and design.
Level: Elementary & Middle School
Duration: 16 weeks
This course offers an introduction to the fundamentals of 3D Design for elementary and middle school students. Students work on hands-on projects and learn how to use Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software to create their designs. They are introduced to 3D printers and learn how to export their files to bring their designs to life.
This course is designed to be completed in 16 weeks. It includes 13 weeks of Lessons and Exercises in video format and 3 weeks for the final Project. The Lessons are designed to introduce students to the various topics included in this course. Exercises allow students to apply what they learned in the Lessons and create a design. The Project at the end of the course allows students to complete comprehensive designs with limited instructions. This basic CAD course assumes no previous design experience or training.
Students in this course learn to:
● Combine building blocks to create shapes
● Move, rotate and adjust shapes freely in space
● Group together a set of shapes to create detailed models
● Export files for 3D printing
STEAM Skills Development:
● Analytical and Spatial Thinking
● Problem Solving
● Technical Design
● Project Planning
1. Getting Started/User Interface.
2. Shape Properties/Copy/Paste/Duplicate/Group.
3. Using Holes to Subtract Volume.
4. The Align and Mirror Commands.
5. The Workplane and the Ruler.
6. Importing/Exporting Files, and 3D Printing.
MATERIALS & REQUIRED SUPPLIES
This course requires access to the Internet, a computer or laptop, and a mouse. Access to a 3D printer is recommended but not required.