3D printing the Weather Project

Royal Meteorological Society and CREATE Education Launch 3D Printing the Weather Project

6 October 2020

The CREATE Education Project, specialists in 3D printing, and the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS), the leading independent expert in weather and climate, have today (Tuesday 6th October 2020) released their 3D Printing the Weather Project.

This fully resourced project teaches students about climate change, through the process of creating 3D models that represent 10 years of temperature data.

This engaging project has been designed for ages 11 - 16 in geography and PSHE, with data on average monthly temperature dating back from January 1659 to December 2018.

The purpose of the project is to help students understand and explore the weather, climate, and climate change in a visual way and to empower children to be a part of the solution.


The project consists of the following stages

  1. Introduction to the project (2 lessons)
  2. 3D modelling (2 lessons)
  3. Slicing and 3D printing (1 lesson)
  4. Studying the weather


RMetS and CREATE Education are now challenging students to share their series of models to represent longer time frames, in the hope of encouraging collaboration and community during a difficult time.

“The partnership project between RMetS and CREATE Education has resulted in a unique project combining geography with technology skills. The project resources help teach climate change by supporting students to produce tactile hands-on 3D models that bring UK climate data to life.” Sonya Horton, CREATE Education

Dr. Sylvia Knight, Head of Education at the Royal Meteorological Society said:

“We are delighted to have collaborated with CREATE Education to develop instructions to allow schools to 3D print sections of the Central England Temperature Record and use their models to learn about the weather, climate, extreme weather and climate change. We believe that every student should leave school with the basic climate literacy that would enable them to engage with the messages put forward by the media or politicians or to make informed decisions about their own opportunities and responsibilities. These engaging, tactile resources will allow students to get a hands-on experience of what climate is and how it can change, and how extreme weather relates to the climate. The UK has the longest instrumental weather record from anywhere in the world – that’s an incredible resource for students to engage with.”


To access the resources and learn more about this unique project, please visit the RMetS Education Website MetLink here


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