Help Our 3D Stanleys Travel the World!

3d stanley jointed characters

No more Flat Stanleys! For many years, thousands of students have sent paper “Flat Stanleys” on visits around the world as a part of global collaboration projects. But now, with a 3D printer, student created characters can travel the world simply by sharing a 3D file which could be printed by anyone around the world with a 3D printer!

Our class has created four 3D jointed characters using the free Thingmaker app (link for the Android version). We are looking for other classrooms with 3D printers who would be willing to print one of our characters and then share a photo (or even a story) showing that character visiting your classroom. (Photos could be shared via Twitter to @karlyb or via email to kbosch at  The profiles and links for the 3D .stl files are below. I also am including some more detailed information on creating and printing the characters at the bottom of the post.

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Download file for SKELLY   Note: loads slowly! Click the refresh button and the files should pop up, then click the download arrow in the right corner to download the files.


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Download file for LOLLITA   Note: loads slowly! Click the refresh button and the files should pop up, then click the download arrow in the right corner to download the files.

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Download file for Wrench  Note: loads slowly! Click the refresh button and the files should pop up, then click the download arrow in the right corner to download the files.

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Download file for HAMMER   Note: loads slowly! Click the refresh button and the files should pop up, then click the download arrow in the right corner to download the files.


Thingmaker app interface

Students used the free Thingmaker app to design their jointed characters. The interface is very simple to use. Students simply select and drag parts from the top right corner and join them together. They can use their finger to twist and move the figure around on the screen.

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The app creates a link to a webpage address where you can download all the parts in a zip file for printing.

Dremel Thingmaker Printing resized

We printed the parts on our Dremel Ideabuilder 3D40 printer. Students are fascinated to watch the printer at work. It took between 4 and 5 hours to print each character.

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Here’s what the finished print looks like. Student had a great time assembling the parts together to make their characters. The fact that the characters are jointed and actually move is very engaging for students. They are very excited to move on to the next part of the project which is going to be creating animated stories featuring their characters. Stay tuned to see their videos!

(NOTE: We did have difficulty getting a few of the more complicated parts to print correctly and had to reprint a few individual parts a second time. Some parts needed to be rotated/flipped to get a more precise print.)

UPDATE: Here are posts related to others who have joined in the 3D Stanley Project:

Twiiter Hashtag: #3DStanley

Our Visit With Lollita (AKA 3D Stanley)Huge thank you to Jacqueline Prester and her students at Mansfield High School in Massachusetts who were the first people to join the project. Their pictures/tweets were so clever!

3D Stanley – Blogpost from Engage Their Minds about the project

Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D printer for one year. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact  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!


Sketchnoting – “How To” Sketchnotes

IMG_4490Last week the 6th graders  spent some time learning about using drawing apps to create digital sketchnotes. (See previous posts to view the videos that we used to introduce the drawing apps and the basics of sketchnotes.) The students used a drawing app of their choice to create a sketchnote on “How To” do an activity or skill. The emphasis for this activity was not to be a great artist, but to communicate with ideas with words and simple pictures in an organized way.  Here is a gallery of the student sketchnotes. (Click on an image to see it full sized.)

Creating a “How To” sketchnote is a good lesson to introduce this note taking skill because students are drawing from their personal experience rather than having to process reading or listening while making the notes. Hopefully the skills learned can transfer to genuine notetaking activites!


Psalm Videos – September 2016

This is one of my favorite projects! Students learn about copyright, then use Creative Commons photos and music to illustrate a verse from the Psalms.

Great job with your Psalm videos, students – they are beautiful! I am embedding the video files that met the criteria for publication below. (Note: I will keep adding videos as people correct any errors, so check back if yours isn’t here!)






Psalm Video Project – Self Evaluation/Reflection 9/16

Sixth graders, thanks for your great work on your videos. I am looking forward to watching them!

Please leave a comment of at least 3 sentences, telling about the following things:

  • What did you like about this project? What didn’t you like?
  • What new things did you learn from this unit about copyright and/or iMovie?
  • What parts of your project were the best/strongest? What things do you think you could have improved or done better?
  • What suggestions do you have for Miss Bosch to improve the project for next time?

Remember, first names only! Use your best spelling and grammar skills. Thanks!

When you are done with your comment, here are three tutorials to view which will demonstrate the drawing apps that we are going to use this week. Please watch at least 2 tutorials and decide which app you like better and want to use for your upcoming project. Use your iPad and a stylus to try them out while watching the tutorials and after you are finished watching them.  Then practice and explore using the app you like best.

The Art of the Selfie

Is there an art to taking a selfie? I think there are many creative and practical lessons students can learn while making selfies!IMG_9098



I love using iPads and selfies as a way to explore iPad photography. My students had a great time taking multiple selfies in creative poses. Then they explored how to edit the photos and add filters using a variety of apps, including Pixlr-o-matic, Prisma, and My Sketch. While working, we had a great conversation on digital citizenship issues that relate to using selfies in social media and creating images that show yourself in a positive, God pleasing manner. Then we used Pic Collage Kids to make a collage showing some of their best selfie portrait edits. Click on the images below to see their creative collages!



Copyright for Music and Photos – September 2016

Project Preview – click on these links to see examples of the project we are going to do next:

September 2015

November 2014

Here are the links we will use for this lesson:

Video about Creative Commons and Copyright

Music Websites:


Purple Planet


Photo Websites:

Learning Links Clip Art/Photos – scroll down to the section on Copyright Friendly Photos and use the ones that are labeled 6th