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Online Learning Week for K – 5 – April 13 – Crazy Characters

For this week’s technology class, I would like you to read the 3D Crazy Characters eBook which was written by the 2nd graders. Click on the link below to open up the book to read it. (If you use the Chrome or Safari browser, there will be a READ TO ME button in the top right corner.) Older students, you may remember making these crazy characters when you were in second grade – your job this week is to encourage the younger students!

CLICK THIS LINK TO READ CRAZY CHARACTERS 2020 ONLINE

When you are done, you may leave a comment at this blog post to tell the second graders what you liked about this book. Click up at the top title where it says “comments”. Older students, be sure you are thoughtful and kind in your comment to support and encourage the 2nd graders. (Younger students may need a grown-up to help them write the comment.) Please only use your first name (NO LAST NAMES, NO EMAIL). Miss Bosch will check all comments before they are posted.

OPTIONAL PROJECT ACTIVITY (if you wish):

Use a technology tool like a computer or an iPad to draw a picture or write a story about a crazy character that you invent. (Second graders or students who did this project in the past, you may also draw or write the new or continuing adventures of your 3D crazy character!) If you want, your parents may email your project to me so I can see it. Have fun and be creative – don’t just do the same thing you did in your book!

HERE ARE SUGGESTED DRAWING APPS/WEBSITES FOR THIS PROJECT:

TO TYPE A STORY:

  • Use Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, or Google Docs on a computer or iPad (see an adult for help to find these tools to use).
  • Book Creator App(NOTE: this is a paid app – wonderful options for book building, drawing, audio, video, and creativity! This is the app we used to make our Crazy Character book! Worth the price!)
  • Any other option that lets you make a story is fine, too!

Parents, you can also download the Crazy Characters eBook at iTunes for free if you have an iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer:

3D Crazy Characters iTunes Download

3D Crazy Characters eBook 2020

CLICK THIS LINK TO READ CRAZY CHARACTERS 2020 ONLINE

I’m excited to share that our second graders’ eBook, “3D Crazy Characters”, is now available for online viewing. The book features 3D characters designed with the Morphi app. The 3D files were printed on our Dremel 3D40 and 3D20 Ideabuilder printers using white filament which were colored with Sharpie markers. We used the Book Creator app to combine the 3D characters, background illustrations, and stories into one eBook. Sadly, this year because of the Covid 19 virus we were not able to record the narrations of the story. The book also includes information on how we created the characters and eBook. (You can read more about how we created and printed the characters here.)

“3D Crazy Characters” also is available for free download on over 50 Apple Books stores all over the world! If you have an iPhone, iPad, iPad, or Mac computer you can download the book onto your device to keep for viewing anywhere and to save as a memory for the future!

To download onto iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac Computer: You will need to use an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Mac with the free Apple Books app installed on it. Use this link to download the ebook:

3D Crazy Characters iTunes Download

We hope you enjoy reading our book! We’d love it if you could leave a rating or a review at Apple Books

3D Crazy Characters with Apple Pencils and the Morphi app

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Over the past few weeks, our second graders have been working on our “Crazy Characters” project. Students used the Morphi Edu app to draw a crazy character, then simply tapped a button in the app to turn their character into 3D. The completed files were emailed to Miss Bosch to print on our Dremel 3D printers. Above you can see the students working on their designs.

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The characters were printed on our Dremel 3040 and 3D20 printers using white filament.

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The students used Sharpie markers to color in the characters. You can see lots of details and personality in their characters. They gave their characters a name and have written stories about them. During the next few weeks, we will be publishing a Book Creator eBook with all the pictures and stories of the Crazy Characters!

3D Snowflakes using Apple Pencil and the Morphi Edu App

The third graders recently worked on a 3D design project. They used 6 point symmetry in the Morphi app to create these gorgeous 3D snowflakes. Our Apple Pencils from our MACUL grant made it easy for students to complete these complex designs.

Students began in the Morphi app by creating a small loop using the “doughnut” shape. Next, they opened the 2D to 3D tool. They turned on the “guides” tool under Symmetry and then used the + sign to add 6 lines of symmetry.

Then they started to draw. There were many oohs and ahs as their designs began to appear. Each one was as beautiful and unique as real snowflakes are! When finished, they tapped the 3D button and *BOOM* the design turned into 3D. A final step was to connect the loop and the snowflake together.

We printed out our snowflakes on our Dremel 3D printers. They look amazing!

A few hints if you try this project:

  • Make sure your lines are not too thin – thin lines may easily break when printed.
  • Be sure all lines connect on your snowflake or pieces will fall off the printed snowflake.
  • Designs that are very complex sometimes will not print successfully.
  • If your design gets too large, parts will be chopped off and your snowflake will not be round.
  • The Morphi app comes in a free and paid EDU version. You will need the paid version to use the drawing tool. The drawing tool is amazing and allows you to create custom 3D designs.
  • Students emailed their completed designs to the teacher for processing and printing.
  • I did make the designs larger using the Print Studio software that comes with the Dremel Printers while I was preparing the files for printing. You could also adjust the size in Morphi, but doing this step later simplified the project for the students.

3D Printing Custom Cookie Cutters for Mother’s Day 2019

The fourth graders have been keeping a big secret! Over a month ago they used the free Cookiecaster website to custom draw and design a cookie cutter to give as a gift on Mother’s Day! The students came up with a wide variety of design ideas that would be perfect for mom including animals, clothes, states, and hobbies.

The Cookiecaster website is very easy to use – simply draw or trace a shape and it will convert it into a 3D cookie cutter file which can be downloaded and printed. Here is a tutorial that students used to help them design the cookie cutters:

Our Dremel 3D20 and 3D40 printers did a great job printing the cookie cutters! We hope mom enjoys her new cookie cutter! (Note: the plastic used to print the cookie cutters may not be food safe, so it is suggested that you wrap the cookie cutter in foil or plastic wrap when using.)

3D Crazy Characters 2019

Click here to view the eBook 3D Crazy Characters online.

I’m excited to share that our second graders’ eBook, “3D Crazy Characters”, is now available for online viewing. The book features 3D characters designed with the Morphi app. The 3D files were printed on our Dremel 3D40 and 3D20 Ideabuilder printers using white filament which were colored with Sharpie markers. We used the Book Creator app to combine the 3D characters, background illustrations, stories, and audio narrations into one eBook. The book also includes information and videos on how we created the characters and eBook. (You can read more about how we created and printed the characters here.)

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“3D Crazy Characters” also is available for free download on over 50 iTunes stores all over the world! If you have an iPhone, iPad, iPad, or Mac computer you can download the book onto your device to keep for viewing anywhere and to save as a memory for the future!

To download onto iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac Computer: To download the files you will need to use an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Mac with the free Apple Books app installed on it (or into iBooks software on a Mac computer). Use this link to download the ebook:

3D Crazy Characters iTunes Download

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Notes for Educators: Our backgrounds were made in the computer lab using KidPix software. We used iPads to photograph the 3D characters on the backgrounds. The photos were added into Book Creator on the Chrome web browser. Each student typed their story and made an audio recording of their story using Book Creator. I used the wonderful feature in Book Creator which allows you to easily publish your books online.

Book Creator is currently available for $4.99 US for iOS. There is a lite version which will let you try out the app and create one book. It also is available for Android and Windows.

We have been excited to share our books with family and friends, but we are hoping that we can connect with even a wider “Authentic Audience” around the world.  We would love for other students and classes to download our book.  If you do, could you please leave us a comment so we can know who has been reading our books!

If you have a class that has created an eBook, we would love to do a book exchange with you! Please leave a comment with a link to the book file or contact Miss Bosch via email at kbosch@southfieldchristian.org or on Twitter at @karlyb.

Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D40 printer. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact https://3dprinter.dremel.com/education-request.  I’d appreciate it if you noted Karen Bosch/this blog post as a referral in the comments/questions section at the bottom of the form.  Thanks!

Third Grade 3D Snowflakes with the Morphi App and Dremel 3D Printers

The third graders recently worked on a 3D design project. They used 6 point symmetry in the Morphi app to create these gorgeous 3D snowflakes which we printed out on our Dremel 3D printers.

Students began in Morphi by using the free draw tool. They turned on the axis and then used the + sign to add 6 lines of symmetry. Their designs were each as unique as real snowflakes are!

By simply tapping the 3D button, the line drawings convert into 3D! This definitely is a WOW moment for the students! Then students used the “doughnut” shape to add a loop to the top of their snowflake to make it easy to hang their snowflake.

The snowflakes were printed with our Dremel 3D printers. They look amazing!

A few hints if you try this project:

  • Adjust the line size and make it slightly thicker. The thin lines are fragile when they print and often break.
  • Be sure all lines connect on your snowflake or pieces will fall off the printed snowflake.
  • Designs that are very complex sometimes will not print successfully.
  • If your design gets too large, parts will be chopped off and your snowflake will not be round.
  • The Morphi app comes in a free and paid EDU version. You will need the paid version to use the drawing tool. The drawing tool is amazing and allows you to create custom 3D designs.
  • I did make the designs larger using the Print Studio software that comes with the Dremel Printers while I was preparing the files for printing. You could also adjust the size in Morphi, but doing this step later simplified the project for the students.

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Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school received the use of the 3D40 printer. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact https://3dprinter.dremel.com/education-request.  I’d appreciate it if you noted Karen Bosch/this blog post as a referral in the comments/questions section at the bottom of the form.  Thanks!

Second Grade 3D Characters with Morphi

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Recently, the 2nd graders had their first experience with 3D design for our 3D printer. We used the Morphi Edu app to create our characters.

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After drawing and coloring in our characters, students tapped on the 3D button which magically converted the drawings into a 3D shape. The files were emailed to Miss Bosch who prepared them and sent them to the 3D printer.

Our Dremel 3D printers have been busy printing the characters out in white filament!

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Here are a few examples of what our crazy characters look like after they have been printed.

The second graders will be using Sharpie markers to color their crazy characters. They are also writing stories to go along with our characters. We will be turning our characters and stories into an eBook which we will be publishing to iTunes!

3D Printed Candleholders with TinkerCAD and Dremel 3D Printers

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Our fifth graders have created these beautiful candleholders in technology class. They were designed using the online Tinkercad tools and printed with our Dremel 3D printers.

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For this project, we used a shared account in TinkerCAD and created a project file for each student. During the first week, students had some “playground” time to explore TinkerCAD and learn how to navigate and design with shapes. Then during the following two weeks, students followed teacher-created video tutorials to help them independently design their candle holders. (Here is the link to our TinkerCAD tutorials.)

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The fifth graders started their designs by using precise measurements to create a cylinder and a hole that would fit a dollar store battery operated candle. After designing the candle holder, students imported a shape to use as a decoration on the side or on the base. (I used the FlatIcon website to find .svg files which could be imported into Tinkercad and had these available for students to use for their designs.) Finally, students grouped all the elements together into one shape and saved it in Tinkercad.

Over the past few weeks, our Dremel 3D printers have been busily printing our candle holders.

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The students are very excited to see how professional their candleholders look!. This project has been a great way to introduce students to 3D Design. Even though students had some basic guidelines to help them produce a successful first design, they also had many creative options which allowed each product to be unique! They are looking forward to giving them as Christmas gifts to someone to shine the love of Jesus with them.

Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school has received use of a 3D printer and filament. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact https://3dprinter.dremel.com/education-request.  I’d appreciate it if you noted Karen Bosch/this blog post as a referral in the comments/questions section at the bottom of the form.  Thanks!

Custom Game Piece Design

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This group of fourth-grade girls has been working during recesses to create their own math game. They designed their own custom game pieces using the Morphi app that will be used with the game. We printed the pieces on our Dremel 3D40 and 3D20 printers. They are very proud of how the pieces turned out!

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Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school received a 3D40 printer. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact https://3dprinter.dremel.com/education-request.  I’d appreciate it if you noted Karen Bosch/this blog post as a referral in the comments/questions section at the bottom of the form.  Thanks!