Our first assignment and problem to solve is something totally new for you all (me too, to a degree). I want you all to design your own personal logo/logotype and prep it for 3D output to our MakerBot 3D printers. You have a specific size limitation (3.9 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches). That is as big as the MakerBot can print. I believe Adobe Illustrator can get you there on this assignment. You have to be able to generate an .stl or .obj file for output.
There are some pretty good, cheap or free aps that you can familiarize yourself with as well. Sketchup Make OR Pro, AutoDesk Fusion 360 or any other 3D modeling software you might be interested in working with.