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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 and SketchUp software to turn your ideas into 3D models. Design challenges will 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 two CAD programs and be ready to keep learning on your own.

Who Should Register 

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


Steve Howard and John Parker

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 both Tinkercad and SketchUp.

See the Policies page for details about registration policies, COVID-19 vaccination requirements and more.


Jan 2–Mar 7, 2024

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