Let it Snow!
Learn about the water cycle and create your own 3D printed snowflake!
In this activity, students will learn about the water cycle and how snowflakes are generated. They will read about how different factors in the natural world result in snowflakes being unique.
Duration: Up to (4) 40-minute sessions
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Group or Individual: Pairs
By the end of the course students will:
- Investigate the water cycle, including the production of snow flakes or crystals
- Translate an abstract design into a printed object that is unique and aesthetically pleasing
- Apply geometric principles to dimension and measure irregular shapes or difficult lines
- Consider how precipitation is influenced by different environmental factors
- blank paper
- 3D Printer filament for printing (and scheduled time on the printer)
- 3D printer such as the Cubicon Single+
- slicing software such as Cubicreator or Simplify3D
- licensed CAD software such as Fusion 360, Inventor, TinkerCAD or SolidWorks
- computer and mouse for each student
- Familiarity with TinkerCAD or other 3D printing software