Top 5 Thingiverse Prints for Biology Students

#1 Frog dissection kit

A basic frog biology dissection kit complete with plastic anatomical parts.

Why it’s educational

The frog dissection kit has long been a tool used by schools to demonstrate the anatomy of the frog and therefore understand the amphibian better. Students will learn about the frog’s ecosystem and how it has adapted to its environment over time.

Did you know that over half of the frogs used are killed for use in the classroom? These nifty little kits solve that problem: no frogs will be harmed in the making of this lesson! The 3D model and lesson plan can be found here.

#2 DNA Science Project

A science teacher wanted to build a model that would easily demonstrate the base pairs in DNA and RNA. DNA and RNA are the blueprints for all cells in the body.

Why it’s educational

DNA is the chemical that carries important genetic information in all of us. RNA also carries genetic information, but differently from DNA. This model will help teachers to illustrate the differences between the two.

#3 3D Printed Skulls (including human, wolf, and more)

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The articulated jaw structure is common in animals who need to grab and tear up food and that why it fits into our top thingiverse prints.

Why it’s educational

There comes a time in every biology student’s life when they must understand the difference between the omnivore, carnivore and herbivore. Analyzing jaw structures between mammals is an effective way to identify the differences in our diets. It allows us to study anatomy up close and this offers key insights into how different animals have evolved. Ideal for budding vets!

For a quirky twist use #boneheads and #3Dkitbash on twitter to see the fairy and dragon skulls.

#4 Stegasaurus footprint

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There are three parts to this set: the skeletal foot, the fossilised footprint and the plant.

Why it’s educational

No human being has ever seen a dinosaur “ but we are left with are precious footprints scattered across the planet. It is through studying these footprints that we are able to understand more about our predecessors, their environment and our own" evolution and lifestyle.

Any untapped paleontologists out there? You might just find this sparks a student’s interest in a new area!

#5 Animal cell

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Back in November we 3D printed this animal cell complete with cytoplasm, cell membrane and nucleus.

Why it’s educational

Most cells are minuscule – invisible to the human eye. As you can see from our picture, this 3D print out is in our top thingiverse prints and allows teachers to identify the different parts of a cell for students. To visually demonstrate what a pupil has learned will help to solidify their understanding overall.