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3D Design & CAD Modeling 

Master the fundamentals of CAD (computer-aided design) for 3D printing, architecture and engineering. In this course, you’ll learn how to work with Tinkercad and SketchUp software to turn your ideas into 3D models. Design challenges will include structures, toys, tools, architecture and trophies. Participate in friendly competitions with other students for bragging rights for the best model! At the end of the course, you’ll have a solid understanding of these two CAD programs and be ready to keep learning on your own. We’ll also explore careers connected to 3D design.

Who It’s For

This course is for incoming 7th to 8th graders. 


John Parker is a STEM specialist and former middle school science teacher for Seattle Public Schools. He enjoys showing students the creative possibilities and applications of makerspace tools and technology.

Steve Howard is a middle school science and engineering teacher in the Edmonds School District. He is passionate about out-of-school learning and bringing hands-on, STEM-focused experiences to youth.

More Information

This remote course is taught via  Zoom video conferencing. Classes meet in real time and are not recorded. Instructors use a blend of whole group discussion, small group/partner work and individual work time.

To participate, you should have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection and a headset and webcam. A 3D printer is not required, but if you have one, you’ll be able to print 3D models from both Tinkercad and SketchUp.

See the Policies section for details about registration policies and more.


Jul 6–Jul 16, 2021

9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Refund Deadline
May 25, 2021