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3D print atoms to let students assemble molecules!

There’s no end to what you can 3D print to help with your science class. You can leave your lesson plans exactly as they are and still have all kinds of models and diagrams that you can print to display to your students. If you want something a little more creative and interactive, check out the ideas below:

1.For astronomy, you can have students calculate and draw scale models of the planets and the sun. Then you can 3D print the actual model so that students can see how accurate they were.

2. If you’re studying geology or going on a hike, print out topographic maps. These can help students understand and learn how to estimate distances and height, and you can mark different layers in rock to show how different periods are represented.

3. For physics, print out molecular models or atoms that link together. Students can create molecules from the different parts for an interactive lesson.

3. There’s a lot you can do with anatomy and biology in 3D printing. Try having students assemble a 3D printed skeleton or build organs to help students prepare for a dissection.

4. If you’re studying DNA, print out DNA molecules and attach them to build DNA replicas. It’s a lot more fun than looking at a picture in a textbook and really demonstrates the formation of DNA.

5. For an experiment on erosion, 3D print buildings to better demonstrate its destructive power to students.

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