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UW Youth & Teen Programs

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, SketchUp and Fusion 360 software to turn your ideas into 3D models. Design challenges include structures, toys, tools, architecture and trophies. Participate in friendly competitions with other students for bragging rights for the best model. We’ll also explore careers connected to 3D design, and professional CAD designers will occasionally pop in for brief presentations. On the last day of class, share your designs with family and friends at a virtual open house. At the end of the course, you’ll have a solid understanding of these three  CAD programs and be ready to keep learning on your own.

What You'll Learn

  • Fundamentals of 3D modeling software to create objects with specific shapes and dimensions 
  • How to analyze architectural models through the eye of architectural design 
  • Insights into careers and industries that employ people with 3D modeling skills 
  • Basic universal design terminology and why virtual models are used

Who Should Register 

This course is for seventh and eighth graders. This is a beginner’s course; you don‘t need any previous CAD experience.

This course is offered multiple times each year to meet student demand. If you’ve previously enrolled in this course, you should find a different course to take.


Steve Howard 

More Information

This remote course is taught via Canvas and/or Zoom video conferencing. Classes meet in real time and are not recorded. Activities are held both synchronously and asynchronously. To participate, you need access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection, a headset and webcam, and a standard two-button mouse with a scroll wheel. A 3D printer is not required, but if you have one, you’ll be able to print 3D models from Tinkercad, SketchUp and Fusion 360.

See the Policies page for details about registration policies, refunds, waitlists and more.


Jan 2–Mar 7, 2024

Tue, Thu
6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Refund Deadline
Dec 12, 2023