Creating the prototype is my favorite part of the LAUNCH cycle because it really provides a rich experience with problem solving. Sometimes it is the materials and access. Sometimes it is the design. But all of the challenges really help the designers stretch and flex in their ideas. I've found that when it comes to 3D printing that using Model Magic first really helps students to start in the concrete and move into the abstract of Tinkercad or Morphi.
For our Maker Night, I iterated a design by pilotneko from Thingiverse. Using the original star box design, I used Tinkercad to add a circle piece. I then sized it to fit the LED light and battery. I printed the design with sparkle PLA filament.
This week our second grade authors created more of their story while their fifth grade coauthor helped shape the original story. Last week each partnership designed their main characters using the draw feature in Morphi and uploading it directly to our Thingiverse account. The 3D printer printed non stop for several days bringing characters to life. The last touches were put on the characters using Sharpies to add color and detail. This activity was inspired by Karen Bosch and really helped both authors bond together over their story coming to life.
The story plan designed by Manuel Herrera is being used in paper form by our second graders and then the fifth grade partner is capturing the story into digital form prior to determining the final publishing format which many plan on using Bloxels.
Today we had the pleasure of launching our projects by having each group share at the Fitchburg Community Senior Center. See the video of the beginning of the presentation - link to video. Students were interviewed by FACTv and the Verona Area Press. Many of the groups will be presenting at the Madison Maker Faire in May.