Thank you for your interest in the 3D Printing Field Trip Program here at Digital Harbor Foundation! This guide includes valuable information about our field trip experience and what to expect. Your students will have the best experience if this document is read in its entirety by Field Trip Organizers and all attending Chaperones.

About the Program

Program Overview

In 2015, Digital Harbor Foundation launched school day field trips in 3D printing. The goal of this initiative is to expand access to the technology in our Baltimore-based Tech Center to youth who would otherwise not have access to it. The program also aims to provide youth with an opportunity to experience the 3D printing design process where youth create their very own 3D printed designs to take home with them.

Program Description

DHF’s 3D Printing Field Trip is a school-day opportunity for students in the Greater Baltimore area to learn more about 3D printing technology, the DHF Tech Center, and our year-round programs for youth.

During this high quality, hands-on field trip experience, youth learn how to use 3D design software to design and 3D print a personalized object. Additionally, an interactive presentation is delivered that covers the uses of 3D printers in a variety of industries, how they work, and the design-to-print workflow.

Program Quality

We pride ourselves on offering high quality youth experiences at affordable costs. We aim to create an experience that leaves youth feeling knowledgeable, excited about this technology, and having used 3D design software proficiently in order to create their own object. We aim to maintain high satisfaction rates among our field trip participants and their teachers.

Program Outcomes

Our 3D Printing Field Trip is designed to introduce youth to 3D printing technology, as well as to make the technology more concrete and accessible for them – all youth make a 3D printed keychain to take home with them as part of the trip. The field trips are a 2-hour experience, designed to not only expose youth to 3D printing, but also to give them a beginner 3D design experience.

  • Introduction to core concepts of 3D printing and digital design
  • Learn the difference between 2D and 3D design
  • Understand the main parts of a 3D printer and how these machines work
  • Identify different types of manufacturing
  • Understand how 3D printing is used in a variety of industries and applications
  • Hands-on experience with a beginner 3D design software

Program Details

These are all the important details about the structure of our field trip experience.

    • Length of trip: 2 hours
    • Minimum number of youth: 10
    • Maximum number of youth: 30
    • Grades: 5 – 12
    • Cost:
      • FREE for Baltimore City Public Schools
      • Non-Baltimore City Public Schools: Minimum donation of $15/participant
      • We do not provide bus transportation
    • Available Days of Week: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
    • Annual Timeframe: October – May

Scheduling a Field Trip

Process for Scheduling Your Field Trip

      1. Visit our Field Trip webpage at http://dhf.io/trips and follow the link to our online scheduler.
      2. Select an available date and time and complete the form to submit your request.
      3. We will confirm your request and you will receive a Booking Confirmation from our scheduler that includes a calendar invite.
      4. One week prior to your scheduled trip, you will receive a confirmation email from us that will require a response from you confirming you still plan to attend.

Information to Gather Before Completing the Online Form

      • Organizing Staff Member and contact information, including email and phone number
      • Attending Educator (if different from Organizer), email address, and phone numbers (office & cell)
      • School or Organization
      • Grade level(s) of attending youth
      • Anticipated number of youth participants (min. 10 / max. 30)
      • Number of chaperones you plan to bring (if any)
      • A description of your group
        • What type of class or program?
        • Why do you want to bring your students on this trip?
        • Are there any special needs among your youth we should know about?

Process for Cancelling or Rescheduling Your Field Trip

When you request your field trip, you will receive an email from ScheduleOnce. Beneath the date and time of your request is a link to cancel or reschedule. This is also included in your confirmation email.

If you must cancel your trip within 48 hours, please call 443-681-9384 and email contact@digitalharbor.org. Short notice cancellations may forfeit the ability to reschedule.

Inclement Weather Policy

Digital Harbor Foundation follows Baltimore City Public Schools inclement weather policy. If schools are closed or delayed, we will happily work to reschedule your field trip.

Important Information

      • The doors to our building will open no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of your field trip.
      • To provide our staff with adequate time to set up our space and to prep the 3D printers, you will be welcomed into our space no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of your field trip.
      • To accommodate our staff’s other obligations, field trips will end at the scheduled end time, regardless of arrival time so please arrive on time.
      • We do our best to have all youth leave with a 3D printed keychain. If for some reason we are unable to do so, we will mail the keychains to your school/organization, care of the organizing teacher.
      • Our staff are equipped to facilitate a high-quality experience for participating youth through technical, hands-on instruction. However, behavior management is the responsibility of the Attending Educator. Please be mindful of this and attentive of the behaviors and needs of your youth.

More Youth Opportunities at Digital Harbor Foundation

All our afterschool youth programs are Pay-What-You-Can

After School Programs

    • Mini Makers – An after-school program focused on introducing young makers to the exciting intersection of art, technology, and making. This program allows elementary-aged youth to explore, build, learn, solve, and most importantly, grow as a maker. Mini Makers imagine, plan, communicate, then create original projects from stop-motion animation to Minecraft, Scratch-based video games, upcycling, 3D printing, laser-cutting, and more. Learn More at digitalharbor.org/mini


    • Maker Foundations – Digital Harbor Foundation’s Maker Foundations program is an introductory course for middle and high school youth. Enjoy 14 weeks of exploration into emerging technology topics where you will design and 3D print your own creations, learn to program games and make your own game artwork, make a website, create interactive electronics, and much more! Learn More at digitalharbor.org/maker


  • Member Programs – Membership at Digital Harbor Foundation is open to middle and high school aged youth who have successfully completed our Maker Foundations program. Upon gaining membership, youth have access to advanced courses in fabrication, programming, electronics, and more. Members are also offered opportunities that reach beyond the Tech Center into the local community and active technology fields such as college credit, internships, volunteer opportunities, speaking engagements, and much more.

Additional Opportunities

    • Family Make Nights – Family Make Night is our monthly family-focused workshop designed to provide high-quality, hands-on, high and low tech learning experiences for local families. These workshops provide opportunities for families to learn together while creating hands-on projects. For each month’s project, we provide instructions, all materials needed to complete the project, and staff to support you and answer questions. For more information, please visit www.familymakenight.org


  • Summer Maker Camp – Maker Camp consists of three sessions running from June through August. Camp sessions are half day for two weeks for youth Grades 3-10. Topics have included 3D Printing, Film Making, Wearable Electronics, Game Development and more! For more information, please visit, https://www.digitalharbor.org/makercamp/

Educator Resources

Digital Harbor Foundation Blueprint

Blueprint is an online resource for building your own Maker learning environment. Have you ever wondered how we created our Makerspace or wanted more information on how we design youth programs? This is the resource for you! Blueprint is a comprehensive resource site packed with all the details on how to start your space, outfit it with tools, find the best equipment, get project ideas, and foster an innovative making community.