3D Modeling with TinkerCAD PLC


Module: Introduction to CAD & TinkerCAD


Join this 3-part workshop to learn the basics of 3D Design through TinkerCAD, and come out with curricular ideas and projects for any class. Through the workshop, participants will learn: 


  • How 3D design can be used in meaningful ways to enrich projects and curriculum in any content discipline 
  • Learn the basics of 3D Design through TinkerCAD, how to teach TinkerCAD, and how to create designs for 3D printing 
  • How to create projects and curriculum utilizing 3D Design in the classroom and address learning objectives across disciplines 


Participants will leave the workshop with the practical knowledge to use and teach TinkerCAD and 3D designs, their own 3D Designed creation, and a concrete project or curricular idea to use in their classrooms.  


The sessions will take place in March on the 9th,16th, and 23rd. 


Aryeh Laufer is the Head of STEM at The Idea School, where he teaches engineering, design, robotics, computer science, and runs the makerspace. He creates transdisciplinary projects with a focus on authentic learning to solve problems and create new solutions, drawing from many content domains and, ranging from Jewish studies, humanities, and STEM subjects, and utilizing skills and mediums of woodworking, 3D modeling and printing, digital design, coding, electrical engineering, and more. As a self-taught programmer, Aryeh empowers others to learn fearlessly, create, play, and love learning. Aryeh is a 2021 Covenant Foundation Pomegranate Prize recipient and has been recognized as an emerging leader in Jewish Education. Aryeh received a B.A. from Yeshiva University. 


Zoom Session Topic

Asynchronous Communication:

March 9

Introduction to 3D Design in TinkerCAD

Presentation on a variety of different ways 3D Design can be used to enhance curriculum, teach design, formulate stories, and prototype ideas

TinkerCAD basic navigation

Using the icons on screen or in menu popups 

3D Design Basic concepts (XYZ Axis, zoom, rotate, transform, hole, join)

Pre-work : 

Sign up and join the CIJE Tinkercad class. 

March 16

Advanced Design in TinkerCAD

Ruler Tool for precision

Utilizing the different shape generators

Calipers for real world application

How to design with 3D printing in mind

From TinkerCad to 3D printing 

Design Challenge: PLC Capstone project 

Resources: Advanced Tutorials as needed ( there will be a bunch to use for design challenge capstones) 

Do: The Design Challenge will start in class and will continue into the next class. Work on your design challenge, and if you have questions or trouble, reach out to the Facilitator. 

March 23rd

Final Session: TinkerCAD in your Classroom

Presentations from PLC members who want to share their designs from the Design Challenge

How to create your own sample curricular projects with TinkerCAD embedded


Resources: Share all resources used and the recorded lessons.