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In this lesson students will collaboratively design and 3D print a 1:50,000 scale model of Mount Everest and its surroundings. The lesson involves mathematical calculations along with CAD design tasks, mapping skills and 3D printing. The lesson can be incorporated into the study of mathematics, geography, design technology or ICT and can be adapted for ages 7-15. The process begins with a short presentation and discussion session, where the teacher will give an overview of topography maps and 3D printing.
This will then be followed by the main part of the lesson - the student workbook. Each student will use 3D CAD software to design a section of the contour model and prepare it for 3D printing, whilst the teacher acts as a facilitator in assisting the students. The final stage will be a 3D printing demonstration of one section of the contour model. Following the lesson, the teacher can send all models to the 3D printer to complete the 3D contour model.