STEM Merit Badges are perfect for recognizing student participation in STEM camps, workshops and demonstrations. STEM activities are designed to interest students in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
A 3D printed STEM merit badges is a great take away and provides a tactile prompt for students to imagine themselves as scientists, engineers, programmers, designers and inventors.
These STEM merit badges were awarded to hundreds of students in the summer of 2013 and are themed to match different grade level programs. The badges were printed in different colors for each team in a grade level program. The hurricane badges were for the natural disasters program. The fish badges were for the biological adaptations program. The rocket badge were for the robotics/rockets program.
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Vector clipart images were opened in Inkscape. The STEM letters were rotated and sized over the vector image. The text was selected and the Path-->Objects to Path command was used to convert the text. The clipart and letters were then combined Path-->Union. The file was then saved as an SVG. The SVG file was then imported into Tinkercad.
Printed on a Printbot in PLA with a 0.2mm layer height.