3D Cars in Motion

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3D Cars in Motion

Design and print a 3D car in Tinkercad

The goal of 3D printers in the classroom should be to apply classroom concepts. In this issue we dive into the creation of a product. This product reinforces math skills in geometry. The finished product allows students to apply basic science concepts. These concepts include mass, velocity, and acceleration.

Projects are often left out of the regular classroom routine and lesson plans. Projects are long and complex. There isn’t always time to complete a project. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t attempt to work on projects.

3D design and print for math and science concepts

The goal of 3D printers in the classroom should be to apply classroom concepts. In this issue we dive into the creation of a product. This product reinforces math skills in geometry. The finished product allows students to apply basic science concepts. These concepts include mass, velocity, and acceleration.

Projects are often left out of the regular classroom routine and lesson plans. Projects are long and complex. There isn’t always time to complete a project. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t attempt to work on projects. At the end of the issue I include a lesson breakdown.

Students will develop a car using TinkerCAD. Students will learn a variety of skills. They will use TinkerCAD to form new shapes. Shapes are formed when two or more geometric shapes are combined. New shapes are also formed when one shape is used to remove material from another. The steps in the development of this car are intricate. I have tried to simplify them whenever possible. To simplify steps I have taken alternate paths to explain steps. The aim is to make the process easy to follow for the inexperienced Tinkercad user.

Many of the steps are repeated in the lessons. This is by design. Practicing skills helps to develop a memory for using those skills. Some steps are repeated in different contexts.

Designing the Car

Students will use traditional methods to design the car. They will use paper, pencil, and a template. The template is available for teachers to print and share with students. The template is based on the model developed in these lessons. A link to the template is available on this blog post.

STEM Integration

Use the model to reinforce math and science concepts. Review mass, motion, and acceleration. Review the concept of velocity and how it differs from acceleration.

The development of the model uses a variety of shapes. These shapes include cylinders, cubes, and rectangular prisms. Take the time to review basic concepts related to these shapes. Some of these concepts include radius, diameter, area, and volume.

Project Resources

Rubber band car blue print

3D parts for teachers

Google Slides for Interactive Stories

There are many similarities between Google Slides, PowerPoint, and Keynote. There are several advanced features in PowerPoint and Keynote that are not yet available in Google Slides. One feature that is available in Google Slides, which is also available in PowerPoint and Keynote, makes it a good application for creating interactive slides and stories. This feature allows us to create links to slides. We will use this feature to develop parts of our interactive story.

I will be taking a different spin on the tale of the "Three Little Pigs". The focus is not on the story but on the skills. What you learn here can be applied to other interactive presentations. Interactive slides can be used with research topics in content areas like science, math, history, and social studies.

Google Classroom Update and Review

Google Classroom is an assignment distribution and collection service. It was rolled out in August of 2014. Many school districts, including mine, were given a preview before it was released. The service is web-based so there is nothing to install. Any browser works with Google Classroom but I recommend using the Chrome browser.

STEM with mBot LEDs

The mBot from Makeblock is a robot ideal for learning STEAM concepts. STEAM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. STEAM is an extension of STEM with the inclusion of Arts. I like to include Research to form STREAM. Research incorporates reading and writing. It also includes vocabulary and academic language.

Google Classroom with Google Sites

A Google classroom must be created every year and assignments must be re-created every year. As teachers, we don’t teach the same way each year but the materials and resources remain fairly consistent. It would be nice if we could refer to these resources without the need to re-create the classroom and assignments.

Electricity and Coding with Tinkercad

Tinkercad is a free online service with applications for designing 3D models and electronic circuits. The circuit simulator has basic electronic components for assembling a variety of circuits. The simulator provides a way for us to integrate lessons on electricity. Students assemble circuits in a structured environment. The simulator is easy to use and appropriate for students of all ages.