South Orangetown Central School District

What’s better than chocolate candy on Valentine’s Day? Chocolate candy created with a 3D-printed silicone mold that you designed yourself!

“I wanted to do a project that would take them through the whole engineering design process and result in a tangible work product,” explains Tappan Zee High School Project Lead the Way teacher Nicholas DeSantis, who challenges his Introduction to Engineering Design students to create three chocolate mold designs with Autodesk Inventor. Since 3D printing can be a time-consuming process, Mr. DeSantis says that he looks for projects small enough that every student has an opportunity to produce an object they’ve designed.

Of the three designs she created, ninth-grader Ciarstan O. decided to print her “rock hand.” “I like using AutoCAD to make things that can be used in real life,” she notes. “I think it’s what I want to do when I grow up.”

Read more about Introduction to Engineering Design and other Project Lead the Way courses in the Tappan Zee High School 2019-20 Curriculum Guide.

Student smiling holding chocolate mold