PHASES OF THE MOON

PHASES OF THE MOON

The Moon is Earth’s only natural satellite. This means that it is in orbit around the Earth. It takes the Moon, on average, 28 days (27.3 days to be precise), to make a complete orbit around the Earth. But because the Earth is moving around the sun at the same time, it takes the moon 29.5 days to go through its eight different ‘phases’ (also known as a lunar month). In this lesson, students will design a 3D model showing the 8 lunar phases.  
Subjects
Design and TechnologyMathematicsScienceComputing
Years | Grades
7th Grade | 11-12 years8th Grade | 12-13 years9th Grade | 13-14 years10th Grade | 14-15 years11th Grade | 15-16 years
Duration
Lesson 1: 90 minutes Print Time: 3 hours

Phases of the Moon trailer
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Objectives

  • Know the 8 lunar phases and how they are formed 
  • Use TinkerCAD® software to design a lunar phase model suitable for 3D printing 
  • Manufacture a 3D representation of the 8 lunar phases 
 

Tools and equipment

  • BE3D eDee printer 
  • Example lunar phase models 
  • Internet-enabled computer and TinkerCAD® 
  • Paper pad and pencil 
  • Printed lesson resources
 

Skill requirements

To participate in the lesson, students should be able to:
  • Use TinkerCAD, Fusion 360 or similar CAD software at an intermediate level 
  • Be comfortable using DeeControl software including adjusting print settings 
  • Use the BE3D eDee 3D printer 

Phases of the Moon walkthrough
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3D models overview

  • Total print time 2 hours
  • Total filament 2.3 m
  • Additional non-printable components
  • Printed all at once
MOON PHASES BOX
  • 40 minutes
  • 0.8 m
MOON 1
  • 20 minutes
  • 0.3 m
MOON 2
  • 20 minutes
  • 0.3 m
MOON 3
  • 20 minutes
  • 0.3 m
MOON 4
  • 20 minutes
  • 0.3 m
Note: Values are calculated for one set of models.

Lesson resources

  • Lesson plan 
  • Example lunar phase models 
  • Worksheet 
  • Walkthrough 
  • Presentation 
  • 3D models 
  • 3D print instructions 
  • Curriculum alignment