Empowering the Next Generation: Teaching Blender in High Schools for Creativity and Innovation

May 30th 2023

During a recent visit to our neighborhood grocery store, I talked with a student from a high school game development class who shared enthusiastic feedback about using Blender in their classroom. This got me thinking and wanting to talk about Blender being used in High Schools. 

Looking to introduce an innovative and versatile tool in your educational setting? Look no further than Blender. In this article, we delve into what makes Blender a game-changer for both students and instructors. Explore what Blender is, its vast creative possibilities, and its ability to nurture critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

What is Blender 3D? 

Blender is a free, open-source 3d computer graphics software that has been used by many studios, professionals, and educational institutions for teaching 3D modeling and computer animation.


It is a powerful tool that can be used for designing, modeling, texturing, animating, rendering, and compositing. It has a comprehensive set of features that makes it one of the best tools for beginners as well as experts in the cg artwork field.

Benefits of teaching Blender in high schools. 

As a free and open-source software, teaching Blender 3D can provide students with a number of benefits; learning an adaptable skill, and the opportunity to develop their creativity and collaboration skills

Free and open-source

Blender is free and open-source software, which means that it is accessible to all students, regardless of their financial situation. This further lowers the barrier to entry and mitigates gaining administrative budget approvals.  

Blender can be downloaded for free, and installed on machines running Linux, Windows, and or Mac Operating systems. 

Human eye made in Blender 3D

Collaboration and Teamwork

Blender can be used to encourage collaboration with fellow students on projects. This helps students to develop teamwork and communication skills that mimic real-world scenarios. 

Instructors are able to replicate studio environments within the classroom to further prepare students to be career ready and have experience working and relying on other skill sets in a production pipeline. 

Problems solving and creative thinking

Creativity is one of the most sought-after skills by employers in the job market. Creativity doesn’t just apply to painting and drawing. It’s interwoven throughout our entire professional and adult lives inspiring innovation across all industries. 

Students will learn there are multiple ways to approach problem-solving. 

Job opportunities

Available jobs are not only tied to game development and film production, with the advances in technology 3D skills are needed in nearly every industry. From the medical field, architecture, and space flight to name a few. 

Additionally, students are empowered to get started now in their careers through the way of freelancing while in school, or creating and selling Blender assets on the Blender Market

Tips for implementing Blender at your high school. 

The fact that Blender is free is a great reason to adopt Blender in the classroom. Beyond the accessibility, there are a few other factors to consider.

blender hardware requirements

Understand Hardware requirements for Blender. 

Blender can be installed on Windows, Linux or OSX machines. How much hardware you’ll need will vary based on what you intend to create with Blender. For most introduction and fundamental courses meeting the minimal hardware requirements will be sufficient for most instructors. 

For intermediate and advanced 3D classes I’d recommend seeking out the recommended hardware requirements for Blender. The level of detail and complicated calculations increase as models and simulations become more complex. 

Minimum computer requirements to run Blender: 64-bit quad-core CPU with SSE2 Support. 

  • 8 GB RAM, Full HD Display
  • Mouse, TrackPad, or Pen & Tablet,
  • Graphics Card with 2GB RAM, OpenGL 4.3
  • Less than 10 years old (generalizing)

Read more about recommended hardware recommendations. 

Resources and places to learn Blender.

I’ve found the best way to learn something is to teach it. The Blender community is full of free and paid educational resources to help you get started with the software, so you can help others start their Blender journey. 

At CG Cookie, we love helping instructors get up to speed with Blender and connect and collaborate with fellow peers. We have two Blender courses streaming for free to give you a fundamental understanding of the software by tackling the Blender basics, and then moving to create your very first project with Blender

Additionally, there is a free Blender Discord server to join to ask Blender questions and get help from fellow 3D artists. 

Developing a curriculum

It can be overwhelming to learn new software and develop a curriculum. To help you navigate this, CG Cookie has released a free Blender teaching guide. This guide covers the history of Blender, classroom tips, example rubrics, and suggested projects for students. 

When creating your Blender curriculum it’s important to manage expectations and keep your student in mind. Eager students will believe they’re going to create the next Pixar film while in your class, while it’s more realistic to model a single object. 


Furthermore, it’s vital to set them up for success and more critically to instill the feeling of success early. As a complicated endeavor students can get discouraged quickly with the steep learning curve in creating CG artwork. 

To combat discouragement, build consumable projects students can build off of. Uplifting them to the more complicated projects towards the end of the class.  

Read the Blender educator's guide

Chromebooks with Blender

Chromebooks are popular in schools and while it’s not impossible to run Blender on them, it can be challenging depending on the hardware specs and security policies put in place.

Chromebooks are typically not built to run native 3D applications. They’re more commonly built for internet browsing and light word processing.

If you have the ability to adjust the security settings you may be able to run Blender on a Chromebook


If you’re debating adopting Blender in the classroom and have questions we’re happy to answer them. Simply email us at [email protected] or ask in the community forum. 

Happy Blending! 



Wes Burke
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