Lesson plans

Sticky Situation

Title – Sticky Situation

Subject – Design & Technology

Aim – Students to understand the importance of 3D modeling and making. Selecting the most appropriate software to produce a CAD model. Understand how to combine 3D printed parts with other materials.

Outcome – Students to come up with a method of reusing the discarded materials.

Age group – 11-16

Group size – Student groups of 3

Estimated time - 3 - 100 minute lessons

Resources/equipment/materials – Paper, plasticine, card plus other modeling materials, computers, 3D printer.

Key Words#Sticky Problem, #3D-Printing, #CAD, #Computer, #Design, #Inspiration, #Team-Work, #Modelling, #CAM


A local stick company has a large number of surplus sticks which do not meet with their specification. They would like to reuse them and turn them into a suitable item.

Your Challenge

- You will have 8 of these sticks available to you.

- Between you come up with a possible use for them – the idea is to integrate the 3D printed part with the original materials.

- In your team, you will need to produce a combination of hand drawn designs and 3D models (using the plasticine) of your idea. Then transfer your design onto the computer using either SketchUp, Tinkercad or ProDeskTop.

- Each individual part must be no larger than 100mm x 100mm x 50mm high.

- Your team will also need to produce a range of ideas for a package (maybe a box). This will need to be made by you. Also, you will need to produce a marketing strategy to sell your product (any format you wish – PowerPoint Presentation, Poster etc.)

- At the end of the project your team will present your idea to the group – minimum of a 3 minute presentation.

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