- In Create a Wheelchair for Difficult Terrain and Environments, students invent a wheelchair design that reflects their research and ideas to improve access and mobility in challenging environments.
- Create a Solar-powered Invention guides students through ideating and designing a creative device that uses the power of the sun.
- Reinvent the Shopping Cart is a great lesson for examining everyday utility objects and creating designs that improve how they work.
- Invent a Device That Can Move Through a Pipe guides students through researching commonly used pipes in our society, how robotics and engineering aid in their service, with prompts for pitching new ideas to ensure healthy pipe functionality.
Each section of the lesson plans written by the Spark!Lab education team can be completed within a daily classroom block. The projects emphasize that everyone has the ability to invent solutions to everyday problems through research and practice, and that the invention process isn’t always linear.
Each lesson plan embodies the steps of the invention process:
- Think it: Get a great idea for an invention.
- Explore it: Investigate inventions and ideas of the past.
- Sketch it: Draw pictures and diagrams to figure out how an invention might work.
- Create it: Build a prototype or 3D model of an invention idea.
- Try it: Test the invention idea.
- Tweak it: Keep improving the invention idea.
- Share it: Market the invention to people who might buy it or benefit from it.
About Tinkercad Lesson Plans
Tinkercad Lesson Plans are inspired by project-based learning and are written in collaboration with educators to give teachers and students fun projects to build that align with academic standards and student interests.
Lesson plans are designed for students in elementary through high school and involve a wide range of subjects, including science, technology, engineering, art, and math and incorporate academic standards such as ISTE and Common Core. They include helpful teacher and student instructions and resources — like downloadable PDF versions of the lesson plan, video demos, fillable worksheets, slideshows, rubrics, and Tinkercad starter files — that students can modify and make all their own.
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