Educators Collaborated on Incredible 3D Printing Lesson Plans at MakerBot’s San Francisco Makeathon


At the second summer STEAM Makeathon, educators gathered at Techshop in San Francisco to collaborate on 3D printing lesson plans for their classrooms. Over the course of two days, educators deepened their understanding of 3D design and 3D printing. Working alongside one another, they developed projects that can be incorporated into STEAM classrooms.

Like our New York City Makeathon, we asked attendees to take an activity or lesson already being used in their classrooms and enhance it with 3D printing. At the end of the two days, attendees presented their lesson plans and voted for what they deemed the strongest lesson plan for the classroom.

If you want to experience a Makeathon for yourself, we have one more event in Washington, DC this weekend. You can also find all the projects and many more to come in our Summer STEAM Makeathon Group on Thingiverse.

The Winners


ArchaeoDesign Team won first place for the lesson plan A Walk Through Time: Ancient Civilization. Both team members received a free MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. The project incorporates common core Social Studies curriculum by sending students on a journey through Ancient Egypt to explore and uncover artifacts along the Nile River. A coded Ozobot guides the students along the Nile River while they journal about their findings.


Team Uber won second place for the Sphero Hat STEAM Tool Project. Both team members received an Ozobot Bundle and a copy of MakerBot in the Classroom. This project utilizes Sphero SPRK, a codable robotic ball, as a way for students to create artwork and to explore concepts in physics and math through programming. Students can explore physical concepts by designing their own clips for a pushing competition between two Spheros. Using the Lightning Lab App, students can observe how drogue shifts the front of the Sphero Hat while holding various pens, chalks, and paint brushes to create artwork.

The Summer Makeathons Continue

We know that for even the best educators getting STEAM learning to stick is easier said than done. We believe 3D printing provides educators with an opportunity to engage students in STEAM learning through creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication.

We look forward to seeing more of you across the country. Let’s continue to elevate STEAM learning and 3D printing in the classroom. Join us!   
June 18, 2016 – June 19, 2016