Starkweather Elementary School
3D Modeling and 3D Printing -Library Makerspace/Projects
We received our order at the beginning of January 2019. Between our technology associate and myself, we were able to get our system up and running! Sarah Rosenthal took lead on the hardware, and I took lead on the 3D modeling. We are using SketchUp this year. To start us off, we printed out a 'turbine', one of the test designs that came with the printer. I then searched for other completed projects, and found a very intricate model of a wolf, our school mascot - This was presented to our principal, John Meanix.
After these two initial projects, I jumped in with both feet - and played with the SketchUp software. Utilizing online videos and the book 'Design, Animate, and Create' by Max Wainewright (purchased at our Scholastic Book fair for only $4), I was able to create an interesting building using the basics of drawing a rectangle and giving it depth.
This was the inaugural model - it was one of the test models that came with the printer.
Project downloaded from the internet - I wish I could take credit!
Self-taught! I now know enough to demonstrate for students
Since I was completely new to 3D modeling and 3D printing, I was a bit aggressive in my project completion estimate. Of the eight classes (all of grade four and grade 5) of students who have been taught the SketchUp software, we have about fifty percent of them with completed designs. Given the time constraint of printing each project and the cost of the materials, we are printing about three projects per class using a lottery system. We should have at least twenty-five projects printed by the end of the school year.
Additional Student Projects
Students at work!
Inspired by the Roman Colosseum
This student had previous experience with 3D modeling.
Building with landscaping
This 5th grade girl's project was selected for print. See above in student projects.
Man inside a Can?
Challenges and Reflections
After printing off our first ten projects using the dark gray ABS filament, we switched material to a roll of white filament. This roll was not ABS but UltraT.......and we (the technician, Jeff, at Media Supply and myself) ran into some problems....different heating temperatures, nozzle clogging, etc.
Thank goodness for the relationship that WCASD has with Media Supply and Jeff in particular. He replaced three different parts and got us back up and running free of charge (still under warranty). He also shared some pointers with me (such as reducing the fill density to @15-20), and gave me a tool kit to use to remove some of the support material. Removing the support material is very difficult (or maybe it is for me).
I am so excited for Starkweather that we have this opportunity to share this technology with our students. We are anticipating printing 3 projects per fourth-grade and fifth-grade class until the end of the school year.
Next year, we will be using Tinker Cad for our 3D Modeling software, as SketchUp is not supported on the IPad, thus keeping this learning adventure ongoing!
Plans for the future
For next year, I have a few goals:
. Work closely with 4th and 5th grade teams to integrate 3D modeling into the existing curriculum. I was hopeful that students would create prototypes for the Fifth Grade Entrepreneurial Unit, and that fourth grade would create models as part of PA Day. I think this will be possible with the foundation that we have set this year.
. Create rubrics that will correspond with the above projects in order to support student growth and allow students to have an asssessment choice ('create').