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Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It’s used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything. The program is known for its kid-friendly, simplified approach to computer-aided design (CAD). Best for ages 8 and up. 

COST: Free.


  • Easy to learn; multiple video tutorials available to help learn the program.
  • Provides free lesson plans for teacher or parents. 
  • Options to design for LEGO or Minecraft applications.
  • Great tool to teach geometrical concepts.
  • Users can use coding blocks to design 3D objects.
  • Example projects to inspire users to create their own.
  • Users can showcase their projects on the website.
  • Users may create projects using visual drag-and-drop codeblocks.


  • Requires laptop or desktop computer. 
  • Users will need access to 3D printer to output their 3D designs. 
  • Must be used online, so internet access required.

Why it’s helpful for families living internationally

Tinkercad provides an accessible way for anyone to learn 3D computer-aided design. Because it’s free and online, the program is a great tool for families living internationally. It’s also helpful for older homeschooling students to practice math, engineering, computer science, or art skills. 


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