Tinkercad & Chibi Chip Electronic Cards - SCOPES Digital Fabrication

Lesson Details

Age Ranges
Fab-Programming.2, Fab-Electronics.2, Fab-Modeling.2, Fab-Fabrication.2, MS-ETS1-1, 8.G.A3

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Nettrice Gaskins
Nettrice Gaskins
Dr. Nettrice Gaskins has worked for several years in K-12 and post-secondary education, community media and technology before receiving a doctorate in Digital Media from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014. She has focused on the application of cultural art… Read More


This “Hour of Code” project is part of Computer Science Education Week from December 3 – 7 but the lesson can be done any time of the year. Students explore art (printmaking), computation and physical computing by creating an electronic postcard or greeting card using Tinkercad Codeblocks (for coding the design) and the Love to Code Chibi Chip (for adding electronics).

What You'll Need

For coding the design (Hour of Code activity):


Note: The following materials and supplies are for creating the electronic postcard or greeting card using the Tinkercad Codeblocks design.


For laser etching the raster image:

  • Wood, cardboard, or 100% linoleum for etching
  • Laser cutter
  • Block printing ink
  • Rubber roller
  • Tray (for rolling ink)
  • Printing paper


For adding the electronics (additional Hour of Code activity w/ laser etching):


Total time for the entire project: around 2 hours

The Instructions

Play With Variables by Engineering a Personalized Snow Flake - 1 hour

Quickly engage students in problem-solving, while also exposing them to the concepts of control structures and parameters through playing with variables and other components of an algorithm.

For Hour of Code (Computer Science Education Week), try the Designing Algorithms with Tinkercad activity.


Log in to Tinkercad and choose Codeblocks from below your profile image on the main homepage. On the next screen, choose “New Design.” Create a snowflake design or kind of design for the postcard.



Click “Export” (top right) as an STL file for Tinkercad (and additional 3D designing), or

Click “Share” (next to Export) and save the screenshot for laser etching using a laser cutter.