STEM Careers Coalition: Fabricating our Future
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How can additive manufacturing expand the horizons of human exploration?

Students investigate the applications of 3D printing in deep space. They will explore the challenges that are associated with a Martian habitat and they will develop a design for additive manufacturing that considers these obstacles and helps humans live on Mars.

Students will be able to:
• Investigate how a 3D
printer works
• Define the criteria and
constraints of creating a
habitable community on Mars
• Create a two-dimensional
habitat design for additive
manufacturing that addresses
a deep space challenge
• Assess another 3D printing
design and integrate the
design ideas of their peers
in order to optimize their
own design

Middle School: Grades 6–8
30 minute activity

Science Topics
Advanced Manufacturing, Astronomy
Technology Topics
3-D Modeling
Middle School, Educator
6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
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