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.
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.)
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.
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.
This week the fifth graders used our new Apple Pencils and the free Sketches School app to design their own emojis! It was an easy lesson to introduce them to drawing with the Apple Pencil (or a stylus – we don’t have enough to go around). This lesson was taken from Apple’s new Everyone Can Create curriculum. Here is the link to the Drawing multitouch book which is available for free download:
Over the past two weeks, the fifth grades worked in Keynote on our Mac computers to create a visual representation of a “tour” of their brain. This project helped students learn/practice/review a variety of technology skills including:
taking a photo with a webcam and inserting it into a document
opening and saving files
adding, moving, resizing, and formatting graphics and text
using copy/paste (to add arrows – not everyone got to complete this step)
using color, space, and sizing to creatively and effectively design their project
This is the first time we have done this project (which is my variation of a Keynote Silhouette project that is posted on the Apple Teacher website.) Students did a great job following multiple steps and using their creativity to design their “tours.” They are very colorful and interesting to look at – they look amazing on the wall of the computer lab!
Here is a gallery showing the students’ projects. Note – a few students may be missing if they were absent when we finished the project.
Over the month of February, the elementary students have been doing a variety of activities in their classes to learn about Black History. In tech class this week, the 4th and 5th grade classes learned to use the Flipgrid app to record a video reflection about what they did and learned. The students were asked to talk about:
– What did you learn about?
– What was new that you never knew?
– What activities did you do to learn more?
– What kind of projects did your class do?
– What was your hall display like?