Unplugged: Makers Making Good- Stopping the Spread – SCOPES-DF

Lesson Details

Age Ranges
HS-ETS1-2, HS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2

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Katy Perry
K-12 teacher
Schenectady School District Brilliant Careers Mobile Fab Lab Coordinator, STEAM Mentor, and Science TeacherSchenectady NY, USA Read More


Designed for distance learning, home schooling, and maker machine independent learning.

Using household materials, students prototype devices to help stop the spread of infectious diseases.

What You'll Need

Household crafting materials

Recycled and re-purposed containers, paper, etc.

Tape or glue


The Instructions

Makers Making for Good- the Inspiration

Inspired by the 3-D printing innovators in the 3 readings, students design and prototype a device to help stop the spread of infectious diseases. Step 1 includes the articles and reflection questions.

Throughout it all, people help each other!

Read the following 3 articles and respond to the prompts below. 

Medical Mask Make Tweet

CNY couple, using 3D printers, makes 100s of face shields for coronavirus testing clinic

Meet The Italian Engineers 3D-Printing Respirator Parts For Free To Help Keep Coronavirus Patients Alive



Students record their thoughts digitally or on paper. Questions can be used for chat forums and discussion groups.

  1. How are these people helping the communities in which they live?
  2. How are they working to solve global problems?
  3. What are the global problems?
  4. Compare the benefits of 3D printing medical supplies to the drawbacks of 3D printing medical supplies.
  5. Describe the long term solutions suggested for hospitals and medical supplies.


The Prototype Design and Build

Following the Engineering Design Process, students plan, design, build and share their prototype models to limit the spread of infectious disease.

Act- Questions/prompts for Students

  1. If you could create anything to stop the spread of disease, what would you make?
  2. Brainstorm! What can you imagine?
  3. Create a Plan- What will it look like? What materials can you use to represent the components of the device?
  4. Design and diagram it, add labels and detail.
  5. Using up cycled and re purposed materials, build a prototype of your device.
  6. Evaluate and modify as necessary.
  7. Create a diagram of your finished prototype.




Students respond to the questions and share their ideas. They can share through posting online, submitting electronically, or through video conferencing. Scope depends on teacher discretion.

  1. Explain how your invention helps stop the spread of infectious diseases?
  2. How would it be made available to communities?
  3. What materials and tools did you use to make your device?
  4. How can a 3D printer contribute to the creation of your invention?
  5. What other types of manufacturing machines or tools can make functioning models of your design? How
  6. How are these methods different?
  7. Take a photo of your prototype invention and submit it to your teacher along with these responses.



  • (HS-ETS1-2): Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
  • (HS-ETS1-1): Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
  • (MS-ETS1-1): Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
  • (3-5-ETS1-1): Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
  • (K-2-ETS1-1): Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
  • (K-2-ETS1-2): Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.

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