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 December on the 18th, 26th, and January 2nd. 


Aryeh Laufer is an alum of Yeshiva University with a B.A., and the former Head of STEM at The Idea School, where he taught engineering, design, robotics, and computer science. Aryeh has transitioned to a pivotal role at CIJE (Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education), and now mentors teachers, leveraging his extensive experience in various STEM disciplines and his management skills from running a makerspace.
At The Idea School, Aryeh was known for his transdisciplinary approach, integrating Jewish studies, humanities, and STEM subjects. His projects, which utilized skills from woodworking to electrical engineering, emphasized authentic learning and problem-solving. As a self-taught programmer, he champions fearless learning, creativity, and a love for education.
Aryeh's impact in Jewish education has been recognized widely, earning him the 2021 Covenant Foundation Pomegranate Prize as an emerging leader in the field. In his current role at CIJE, Aryeh continues to shape the landscape of STEM education, focusing on inspiring and developing educators to enrich learning experiences for students across various disciplines. His journey reflects a deep commitment to enhancing education through innovative and integrated approaches.


Zoom Session Topic

Asynchronous Communication:


Dec. 18

8:00PM EST

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. 


Dec. 26

8:00PM EST

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. 


Jan. 2

8:00PM EST

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.