3D Printed Keychains
The keychains are printing... soon they will be ready for all of our learners who are coming to try new ways of coding.
Come join us! There is still space and we would love to have you and your child join us.
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.
Sharing is one of the most important parts of learning. After a month long study of plastic and 3D printing, our students shared with each other and family members about what they had learned. See the blog post about the project - Research on Plastic. It was amazing to realize how much each student had learned depending on where his or her interest was focused. Discovery Board Builder really was the ideal tool to capture the process of research and creativity while supporting individual student creation. Check out the two videos below of some of the fabulous boards that our students created.
Research on Plastics Project
So here are the steps that our LMC director, Leslie Wilson and I did using our Cube Generation 2 printers.
We met to create a timeline that would enable our students to research and create with plastic.
We introduced different tools each week. Week 1 the focus was on research so we used Board Builder with Discovery Education as the tool to have students document their questions and research but also it had the flexibility to add the 3D design and creation documentation too. When choosing a 3D design tool, we limited student choice but chose a tool that would allow them to customize and make the design their own. I chose Crafternoons and asked that students design a bracelet, ring, or tag to ensure a design that would print successfully and in a timely manner.
Document the joy... the work... and the learning