Tinkerine U fulfills our mission to give teachers and educators of all kinds the power to use 3D printing technology effectively across the STEAM curriculum and beyond. The next generation of leaders will be problem solvers, and they’ll learn those skills in the classroom.

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Introduction to 3D Printing (Students)

Tinkerine U’s introduction to 3D Printing is a boot camp course that offers an easy to follow initiation into the world of 3D Printing. By the end of the course, you will be equipped with the skills and “know-how” to enable you to think and practice 3D Printing! Don’t worry, completing 3D Printing “boot camp” isn’t as scary as it sounds. You’ll get the knowledge you need to start printing with confidence, and we’ll get your imagination geared for 3D Printing along the way!

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Introduction to 3D Printing (Teachers)

Welcome to TinkerineU for teachers! If you’re new to the world of 3D Printing, don’t worry. We’re experienced educators and we’ll explain how this technology works and how you can use it in your classroom. If you’re already familiar with 3D Printers, great; we can give you some pointers and additional resources to help you maximize your students’ potential.


Available Lessons

Teach students to make their own lenses

Teach students to make their own lenses

The focal point of a lens is directly related to its shape and radius of curvature as well as its material composition. In this activity, students will design and cast their own set of lenses. By changing the shape, radius of curvature, or material composition of the lenses, the effect of each variable on lens focal point can be experimentally determined.

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Design + Prototype a bridge

Design + Prototype a bridge using 3D printed parts

Students are tasked with building a bridge to scale, applying the concepts and principles of design and rapid prototyping. Students are able to create, invent, think critically, solve problems, and engage in teamwork. Bridge joints and footings are to be designed from scratch and developed from sketch to 3D model to 3D print. The use of 3DP in this lesson enables students to carry out rapid prototyping. They can design and test small but critical components efficiently and quickly. Components can be built accurately from drafting drawings and 3D models.

Animate in 3D!

Animate in 3D!

Although traditional character design starts on paper, adding a three-dimensional component to the design process allows for greater understanding and visualization of design principals and can allow a more cohesive and appealing character design before moving to animated or other production phases. This lesson will guide students through basic character design principals starting on paper and moving to a 3D printed character maquette intended as a prototype for further production models and as a basic fundamental component to storytelling.


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Teacher Training Guides

We fully support teachers as they learn to use new technology in their pedagogy. We offer full teacher guides in multiple curricular areas, as well as the skills and knowledge teachers need to make these tools effective.

Complete Educational Ecosystem

TinkerineU is a complete ecosystem for students, teachers and parents. This includes Online courses, Lesson Plans (driven by subject area), Educational 3D Models / Objects and Extra-Curricular content for parent and community engagement.

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Award Winning 3D Printers

Tinkerine Ditto Series 3D printers meet high standards for performance, aesthetics, usability and affordability. Best of all, they take up considerably less space in the classroom and build larger objects than comparable 3D printers on the market.

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Library Maker Spaces

We are supporting Libraries and Science Centres to create Maker Space for 21st Century Learning centres.

Workshops

Designed for all users, Tinkerine’s workshops have been thoughtfully planned with the goal of educating users on what 3D printing is and how to utilize it effectively. The workshops will follow a blended instructional model where learners will have access to “hands-on” learning and online instruction.

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