WWR was lucky to be able to get a Makerbot Replicator 2 as part of a buy 2-get 1 free incentive from Makerbot with our CTE coordinator. Some teachers immediately asked how to start incorporating it and others still aren't quite sure what it can do.
Title I Teachers and their 5th grade students read an article about how technology is helping animals who have lost limbs or beaks by 3d printing prosthetics. They came in and were able to use Tinkercad to design anything they wanted (they only had 30 minutes or so). These students created nameplates, fidget spinners, a McDonalds, and more. Many of these students had no idea such technology existed and this may be a light bulb moment for potential future careers.
`5th grade Math Teachers needed a volume review before state testing, so we created a challenge for them to design a building using 3 cubes (stretched to any rectangular prism shape they wanted), with a minimum volume of 20in cubed and a max of 60in cubed. VERY easy to create a building and calculate the volume, once we learned the menu that pops up on the left hand side in Tinkercad is helpful, but VERY difficult to try to keep it in that range. Next year, we should sketch it with dimensions FIRST so then we can use Tinkercad to see it in 3d.
3rd Graders got to explore and design anything in Tinkercad. Next year, I'd like this to be more focused, but end of year, after testing, what can you do.
Finally, the last group of the year was very special.
The students in our PBL pilot classrooms designed a monument to a famous American. The top design from each class again got to design and print it in 3d. This was the last few days of school, so for the sake of time, only the winning group designed. I pulled the 9 kids with Chromebooks and they got to work. Students pictured hold their monument to Maggie Lena Walker.
I hope to do more of this next year, and will be training teachers on how to use Tinkercad with their classes, to give them some of the control over the lessons and the ability to help answer questions as they arise.