Real-World Application with STEM Lessons in 3D!

Boost STEM learning outcomes by using 3D pens to design prototypes and engage students in real-world thinking.

With 3D printed models, students are able to observe characteristics of objects that can be more challenging to comprehend through 2D worksheets or textbooks. For example, students can create models of cells, atoms or historical buildings that would otherwise be inaccessible in a classroom. By creating and examining models hands-on, non-visual learners gain accessibility to educational concepts that would otherwise be out of reach. With 3D printing pens, students gain confidence in STEM subjects by exploring real-world topics in 3D with direct application, engaging in creative thinking and open ended problem-solving.

3Doodler offers an extensive library of resources to educators and we’re sharing our top STEM lesson plans for the in-person, remote, or hybrid learning settings for the 2020-21 school year.

Colorful kite 3D drawing

Geometric Collage Maker

Recommended grades: K-2
Learn about: Geometric shapes, how to calculate area and perimeter
Overview:  In this lesson, students create a Doodled collage of geometric shapes, resulting in crayon rubbings used to calculate the area and perimeter of combined shapes.

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Geometry & Tessellations

Recommended grades: 3-5
Learn about: Geometric shapes and problem solving through design
Overview: Students will design a simple tessellation for a 3D shape such as a cube, a cylinder, or a cone using 2D templates. Students will enjoy seeing their designs come together in 3D, and will even be able to use it as a functional item, such as a pen holder!

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Construct a 3Doodler City

Recommended grades: 6-8
Learn about: City planning, geometry, area and perimeter calculations
Overview: Students will identify the structures that make up a city (e.g. roads, buildings, bridges), and then analyze the way in which these structures are composed of lines and geometric shapes. Students will design 2D shapes and then Doodle over them to construct their own 3D structures. This real-world, hands-on project combines math, problem solving, and technology.

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3D pen art: Close-up of cell and phone on table

Prokaryotic & Eukaryotic Cells

Recommended grades: 9-12
Learn about: Biology, cell structure, prokaryotic cells and eukaryotic cells
Overview: In this activity, students will Doodle two cell models, one of a prokaryotic cell, and one of a eukaryotic cell. The students will build all parts in each model such as the nucleus, plasma, cytoplasm, mitochondrion, etc. The students will analyze and record the differences and similarities between the two cells.

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Hybrid Learning in 3D!

3Doodler Learning Packs and Learn From Home Sets offer hours of educational Doodling fun for any learning environment!

3Doodler’s Learning Packs and Learn From Home Sets will now include Challenge Cards featuring educational projects of varying difficulties, to build creative confidence and hands-on learning. To aid the transition back to school and prep for new hybrid learning environments, 3Doodler will also include easy-to-clean carrying cases that are perfect for storing a 3Doodler pen, Challenge Cards, as well as cables and plastic strands.

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Learning Packs

With new and improved features, 3Doodler Learning Packs are an ideal solution for in-person, remote, or hybrid learning environments. Teachers and learners have access to free online resources including getting started guides, hundreds of stencils, lessonsvideo tutorials, and the 3Doodler app. Our 6-pen Learning Packs for Start and Create+ include 6 sets of 9 Challenge Cards and 6 storage pouches, while our 12-pen Learning Packs for Start and Create+ offer 12 sets of cards and storage pouches.

Creating 3D art with a 3D pen on paper

Learn From Home Sets

Our Learn From Home Sets enable kids from grades K-12 to explore difficult concepts hands-on in 3D for individualized learning. The Start Learn From Home Sets  (grades K-8) and the Create+ Learn From Home Sets (grades 8-12) each include a 3D pen, a DoodlePad, approximately 200 extra strands of plastic, storage pouch, a PDF of our What Will You Create Project Book, and a set of 9 Challenge Cards with educational projects that provide hours of fun.

What educational topics do you want learners to explore in 3D this school year? Our community of parents and educators want to know! Share your ideas on social media to spread the inspiration, and be sure to tag us.

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Give the Gift of Reading in 3D

What is 3Doodler’s 3D Giving Day program?

3Doodler launched 3D Giving Day to celebrate International 3D Printing Day and Giving Tuesday, which both happen to fall in the same week. Leading up to 3D Giving Day, we invite students, teachers, and 3D artists to join us in creating handmade tactile picture books to share with people who can’t experience them through visual means. On December 1st of 2020, 3D Giving Day participants will share their creations with visually impaired communities around the world so they can experience iconic characters from cherished picture books like never before.

Build a Better Book and 3Doodler have teamed up to provide the resources and planning materials to make 3D Giving Day a reality in communities around the globe. We’re inviting you to join us in making cherished illustrations accessible and give the gift of tactile picture books to communities in need.

Sign Up & Participate in 3D Giving Day 2020

For classrooms, this is a unique opportunity to build empathy and awareness among students with a fun and easy activity that will engage their creativity as they gear up for the holidays. For artists and individuals, it can be as simple or as intricate as you would like. Ideally, participants will choose a storybook, create tactile books in October and November, then donate their books on 3D Giving Day to local blind and visually impaired communities.

To join 3D Giving Day, simply fill out this form to confirm your participation. Check out our new participant guide with clear steps on how to create tactile books, as well as information about donating them to local charities and institutions for blind and visually impaired people. Next up, follow our quick and easy steps to get involved and give back to your local community.

  • STEP 1: Choose a picture book.
  • STEP 2: Doodle images and create your tactile book in 3D.
  • STEP 3: Donate and share your experience!
  • Using a 3D pen to trace and sketch in a book
  • Using a 3D pen to trace and sketch in a book
  • Using a 3D pen to trace and sketch in a book

Suggested Picture Books For 3D Giving Day

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus
Where The Wild Things Are
The Giving Tree
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Snowy Day
The Cat in the Hat
Make Way For Ducklings
The Polar Express
Llama Llama Red Pajama
Elephant and Piggie

Suggested Authors and Illustrators for 3D Giving Day

Mo Willems
Dr. Seuss
Anna Dewdney
Tad Hills
Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
Felicia Bond
Karen Katz
Sandra Boynton

We are delighted to offer 3D Giving Day 2020 and can’t wait to see the 3D pen creations you gift to your community. Share your creations with us on social media!

@3Doodler @BuildBetterBook #3DGivingDay #3Doodler #BuildaBetterBook

Images Courtesy of Tricia Fuglestad

Reading and Reflection on Display in 3D

Foster a love of reading and celebrate literacy with 3Doodler to mark National Read a Book Day and International Literacy Day! Create in 3D and build comprehension with activities that inspire reflection.

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At 3Doodler, we’re working with our community of educators to inspire young readers and help them showcase comprehension and reflect on stories they’ve read with hands-on fun. Explore two of our ELA lesson plans, encourage students to bring stories to life, and check out our fun bookmark stencil to boost classroom creativity.

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one."-George R. R. Martin Share

Elementary School

Puppets and Props Lesson Plan Puppets and Props Lesson Plan

In this English Language Arts activity, students participate in a read aloud, shared or guided classroom experience and then work together to create a scene from the story using Doodled finger puppets. Story retells are a great way to build language, speaking, and listening skills. The students’ puppets and shows will reflect their understanding of story structure, sequence, and reading comprehension.

Suggested Books

Pie is for Sharing by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard
Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh

Middle and High School

3Doodler Stop-Motion Lesson Plan 3Doodler Stop-Motion Lesson Plan

Invite critical thinking and design to your next ELA class. Encourage students to demonstrate their understanding of theme and character development with a creative project. In this lesson, students choose a scene that best reflects the theme and create a 3Doodler stop-motion animation film to illustrate the selected scene. This hands-on project will help assess comprehension and presentation skills.

Suggested Books

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Be sure to share your ELA projects with the 3Doodler EDU community on social media. We can’t wait to see what you create! @3Doodler #3Doodler #InternationalLiteracyDay #NationalReadABookDay

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