This unit is exciting because it will be combining several of my favorite elements - student collaboration and choice. Today we started with Ms. Haufschild's second graders who are creating a fairytale and have already selected their tale and character partnering with Ms. Heiser's fifth graders who will be co-creating and mentoring.
Using the Morphi app, one member of the team drew the main character and one member drew the enemy. They will be 3D printed for the students to design using sharpie markers on Wednesday. The next step will be bringing the story to life using Bloxels, Puppet Pals, Stop motion, or another idea.
Check out the hum of the groups as they work to create after having such powerful feedback from our Shark Tank.
This week was snowflake symmetry in our fourth grade classrooms at Stoner Prairie and Country View. Now the 3D printer prints nonstop snowflakes with clear glitter filament. This lesson I wrote for Thingiverse Education and now was able to teach in 4 different classrooms with one more to go. What a wonderful activity to integrate technology and math!
Here is the link to the complete lesson - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1976266
Time has come to say goodbye to the first 3D printer that took our school down the journey of 3D printing. After 1 year of good quality printing and 3 years of fixing and learning, it has become more work to get it to work. Farewell to a printer who launched our journey.... thank you to Donor's Choose and MakerBot for providing this printer to our school for $98 and changing so many students access to 3D printing. But now we must say goodbye ....
I hope that we will find a replacement to continue this journey. It is bittersweet that I say goodbye. It is like losing an old friend that has changed your life.
A lot of times when sharing about 3D printing, I don't always reveal the hours that have been absorbed in troubleshooting our devices. Reality is that 3D printing at the consumer level is sort of like what dot matrix printers are to printing today. We are at the beginning and many things will continue to evolve. But let's talk about the most common issues.... Website
The Problem: Extruder not Heating
The Materials Needed
Dismantling the Printer
Soldering the Wires
Finishing the Wire Connection
Checking the Solution
Our first graders have been doing research about what insects are and what they need to survive. Last week and today they took their art sketches of their selected insect and transferred it to a digital medium through the Morphi 3D app. Below is the tutorial that I used with our students to introduce them to Morphi and designing their insect.
After designing 3 versions of their insect, students selected between glow in the dark green or blue for the filament of their insects to be printed on our 3D printers. Soon the insects who have come to life will find a home in their habitats created in art class. Check out the complete lesson at www.thingiverse.com/thing:1677342
One idea that I would like to do with this design is to import the .stl file into Morphi on the iPad and have students draw on the blank bookmark or key. Stay tuned for my iteration of this awesome design by Mr. Kindergarten. Thank you Mr. Kindergarten for the inspiration!
This print I did in pieces. At first I made the mistake of trying to print the arrow without supports which will not work. I printed each arrow individually as they are a large arrow. Presently I have all of the pieces printed but removing the supports is not an easy task. I no longer have any nail on either of my thumbs so I will have to find a better way to remove the supports on the last 2 arrows. After you remove the supports, the design snaps together beautifully. This lesson has so many layers and I can definitely use this across all grade levels.