In this 2-part lesson, students will be designing and 3D printing their own unique spinning top. During the lesson they will experiment with demonstration models and make design decisions on how they intend to improve the design and aesthetics of the demonstration models. In the main part of the lesson, students will follow an instructional video to design a spinning top. Using the skills learnt in the tutorial, they go on to design their own unique spinning top, which will be used in the class competition in lesson 2!
The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, physics, computing, art & design and design technology. The material can be adapted for ages 8-15. The curriculum is aligned to NGSS, CCSS and UK National Curriculum standards. A comprehensive list of standards met is included in the lesson platform.
In this project students will:
develop an understanding of the law of physics that states 'The total angular momentum of a system remains constant unless acted on by an external torque'
analyse and critique an existing spinning top before using problem solving and conceptual skills to develop an improved iteration of the design
use Tinkercad software to design a spinning top optimized for 3D printing
manufacture a spinning top using a 3D printer
critique, evaluate and test their creations and the work of others