Here is just a little of the feedback from those who attended......
Our students have been invited to share at the Madison Mini Maker Faire in May to share their projects.
Day 4 - Understanding and Creating
Day 4 focused on building an understanding of the problem and how to design to solve the problem that each group was trying to address. Some students pursued learning about Braille and the Braille alphabet. Using the Osmo and Osmo Masterpiece, students were able to practice the Braille Alphabet. Check out this post for more information about this activity.
Day 5 - Understanding, Creating, and Highlighting
Day 6 - Creating and Highlighting
Day 7 - Creating and Highlighting
Students finishing up their prototypes and preparing for sharing their work.
Below I tried to capture the introduction of the lesson.
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
About a month ago, my 2nd and 3rd grade math group helped me to use 3D printing to build a deeper understanding around the geometry concepts that were being studied. Since then our 4 3D cubes have arrived which gives us a printing capacity that did not exist.
So the next plan includes these key parts....
Research and Documentation
Plastic plays an important part in our lives. Our fourth grade students will be researching plastic and the impact that it plays in all of our lives. Our students will be using Discovery Board Builder to document their learning and research.
Discovery Board Builder will be the tool that students use to document and share the entire learning process because it enables our students to import videos, images, and write about their learning.