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
A few weeks ago we did a 3D project with our first graders to build on what they were learning in science.
After the insects were printed, our students created beautiful habitats for their insects in art class.
This project was by far the largest amount of 3D printing that I have ever done and what was amazing was how smoothly it went and the beauty of the student creations.
Step 1: Drawing the Insects
Step 2: Capturing the Insects to 3D Print
Step 3: Printing the Insects
Lesson 2: Force Doesn't Make Right
This year we have been able to use a smaller dedicated area for a learning space and more in-depth investigations in 3D printing, electronics, circuitry, robotics, and more. The space is called the SP Innovation Lab and currently is open from Tuesday through Friday during second recess for our 4th and 5th graders. Our first group of 12 students started this week.
Using Google Classroom, students are learning about different resources that they can use on their iPads. Students are using MakerBot Print Shop. First they started with creating a design on paper and using the app to take a picture and create a 3D design. Tuesday and Wednesday have been days of design and exploration. Thursday and Friday will be the start of printing using the MakerBot and Cubes.
This past Thursday we had the pleasure of being part of the Fitchburg Back to School Block Party. Even Bucky learned how to use the Osmo. It was exciting to share with families about the technology that our students have the opportunity to work with as well as to show it in action. No one shows why it is important better than children.