Formlabs White Paper

The Dodecahedron

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Formlabs’ Innovate & Educate Challenge invited educators across the country to develop and share lesson plans that encourage creative thinking and hands-on learning through 3D printing. Thanks to those who submitted, we’re able to share free resources with a wider learning community dedicated to inspiring students with rich, immersive experiences.

The Science Visualization Initiative (the winner of the challenge!) submitted a lesson plan that’s part of their 3D digital arts program Cool 3D, designed for use with their traveling STEAM Bus.

The Dodecahedron makes use of a 3D printed kit to introduce students to hands-on methods of translating three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional space. Students will journey from pre-Renaissance schools of thought, through how da Vinci’s contributions have shaped how we depict our world, to the innovations enabled by 3D modeling advancements. Objectives include:

  • Learn about translating three-dimensional objects into two dimensions
  • Learn about Platonic solids
  • Learn about geometric ratios in nature and in design
  • Learn about projective geometry

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