Lesson Plans & Slides

Part of my work as an instructional librarian at UC Berkeley means I’ll be trying to develop small, critical learning activities to use in my own teaching. As I develop them, I hope to throw them up here for use/adaptation/perusing by folks!

Please note: all of my lesson plans, slides, and activities are licensed under a CC-By-SA. I get a lot of my materials from amazing folks who share their scholarship and work online, so please do the same if you use any of my materials. 

New Lesson Plans


Old Lesson Plans (from makerspace teaching)

Getting Started: 2D Carving + 3D Printing

Lesson style: this workshop was a one-off, 1hr 30m session that introduced students to a CNC machine and 3D printing. I tried to keep it simple by relegating the hardware to two basic components: how it cuts/works, and what file type it takes. Then I broke it down into two group activities where students searched for pre-created files at thenounproject.com and thingiverse.com, then practiced cutting on the Carvey + loading 3D printed files into Cura (slicing software), and then onto our Ultimaker machines.


  • Hands on: Students loved getting their hands on tools and files during each activity.
  • Rapid prototyping: By encouraging a kind of rapid movement through the activities, students learned that you can get up and running pretty fast.
  • Lack of time: even moving quickly, we still ran out of time. I’d make this session 2 hours if I ever teach it again.
  • Challenging software: it’s tough teaching fundamentals and process without spending too much time on software. I sacrificed showing the intricacies of Adobe & Cura to move students along more quickly, but it means they likely wouldn’t be able to reproduce those files on their own later.

Overall: I think this session is a great fit for introducing some cool technologies to folks in approachable ways. Nearly all of my attendees hadn’t used Illustrator, Cura, or any of our hardware before, so I was happy they walked away at least knowing these tools weren’t as intimidating as they originally thought.