Project Shapeshifter + Tinkercad for 3D Design

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The middle school multimedia class recently explored the Project Shapeshifter website. This site is free and does not require a login to use! It lets you design complex shapes in 3D by changing patterns and parameters like the number of segments, the size, thickness, taper, and the twist. It also lets you add a base and lip to your shape. This was one of those sites that you heard the kids saying, “Oh cool, look at this!” as they explored.

The shapes can be downloaded as .stl files and can be printed as is. These designs work perfectly as pencil holders or vases. We did discover if the shape was very complex with many twists and segments that sometimes there were too many errors or supports to be able to print successfully.

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Since the students had already gone through a 5 step design process lesson earlier in the year, I wanted to see what creative ideas they would come up with if they brought their design from Shapeshifter into Tinkercad and added additional elements. Here are some of their completed designs from this project.

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Carter designed 2 pieces in Shapeshifter and sized them to match exactly. He then added a knob to the top of the curved lid using Tinkercad.

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Lacey made a twisting complex shape in Shapeshifter, then customized it in Tinkercad with a base labeled “Markers.”

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Quinten designed a beautiful vase in Shapeshifter, then added a base in Tinkercad to make it more sturdy.

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Matt began by creating a sleek curved bell shape in Shapeshifter. In Tinkercad he made a separate clapper for the bell and added a loop inside to attach it with a wire. We realized that the clapper would also make a great handle for the bell, so we printed a second one and crazy glued it to the top. The bell actually makes noise when you ring it!

Here’s a video showing the students at work on this project. Note: the video was created with Apple’s new Clips app!

It was exciting to see how the students used these shapes in creative ways to develop functional and fun objects!

Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D40 printer for one year. 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!

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Texting Story App

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Recently a few of my middle school students did a test run of the free Texting Story app. They really enjoyed the app because it let them create a digital story using a format that is second nature to them – texting! The app lets you build a text story between two characters. It also lets you add photos into the story. (This is a paid inapp feature, but when we used the app we were able to add it for free.) Once your story is crafted it will generate a video version of the story complete with clicking sounds!

Here is an example based on The Warriors book series. What a great way for students to illustrate a scene from a book! (Note: students were just testing the app, so spelling and some other aspects of their videos might not be “publication perfecct.”):

Here’s another example with a conversation between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. This app is a perfect 21st century way to share biographical facts, compare two historical figures, or illustrate a historical event!

I believe this app could be used in almost any subject. In science, two animals or planets could be comparing and contrasting traits. It would work wonderfully for practicing conversational writing in World Language classes. Even in math, there could be conversations between shapes, vocabulary, terms, or even two characters showing 2 different ways of solving a problem.

Texting Story is currently free on the US iTunes store.

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Life Lessons Selfie Videos

The middle school tech class has been working on recording selfie videos to share 5 life lessons. Here are some shots of the students recording their clips. Now they are using iMovie on their computer to combine all the clips together into one video. While working on this project they will be using workflows to download video and music. They also will be using many of the editing feature in iMovie including transitions, titles, and effects.

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Custom 3D Containers – Design Process

Recently, the Middle School multimedia class worked through a 5 Step Design Process to create a custom 3D Container. Here is the process they have been working through over the past few weeks.Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 2.52.47 PM 3-4-17

We began the process by brainstorming ideas about containers that could meet a specific need for a specific audience.

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Students researched online to clarify their ideas by looking at other ways people may have designed a solution.

Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 2.52.27 PM 3-4-17Next students developed a prototype for their idea. They began by building a life sized model using file folder cardboard. Students had to keep the size within 90 mm wide, long, and tall (to limit the amount of filament and time their design would require to print.) This step was trickier than it appeared at first because measurements needed to be precise. Sometimes it was hard to translate the ideas they had in their head into an actual model. Most of these models were fairly simple variations of a box.

Before moving into Tinkercad to begin their design in 3D, each student had to write a blog post explaining their idea. Classmates used comments to give feedback and to ask thoughtful questions that helped to clarify ideas. (You can view student blog posts here – search using “3D” to find the posts that relate to this project.)

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Then students then built their prototypes using the online Tinkercad website. We printed the beta version of their designs using our Dremel 3D40 and 3D20 Ideabuilder printers.  Some designs failed to print successfully or were printed only part way when size or other issues appeared. Other designs needed revisions to better fit the objects they were supposed to contain or to address flaws in the designs. We held a class focus group for each printed design to help students evaluate and think about ways to improve their containers. Students wrote a second blog post documenting and evaluating their prototype.

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It really helped for students to be able to hold their design in their hand as they evaluated on their first version. Then students went back into Tinkercad and reworked their design to address flaws and difficulties. The second or third iteration of their designs showed thoughtful improvements. Students were also challenged to add a visual element to further customize their container. Many students used flaticon.com website to search for .svg files which could be uploaded into Tinkercad and added to their design. Here are a few examples of how student designs evolved:

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The last step in our Design Process was for students to write a final blog post to show their project, explain their revisions, and reflect on their process. Students did an excellent job discussing how they had improved their designs as well as thinking about areas they could still improve.

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Students were overwhelmingly positive about using this design process to create in 3D! They loved that they had freedom to come up with an idea and create it from scratch. They felt a sense of accomplishment and pride as they saw their containers evolve and improve. Their blog posts demonstrated evaluative thinking throughout the process  – all important 21st century skills!


Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D40 printer for one year. 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!

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Passion Portraits eBook on iTunes!

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For their final project, the Multimedia Tech Class students were asked to create an eBook using the Book Creator app that shared one of their personal passions. Along with text, images, and audio, the students also used a variety of iPad apps to created video and multimedia pieces to enhance their books. Miss Bosch combined their eBooks into one anthology and submitted it to iTunes where it now has been published to 51 iTunes stores around the world! Talk about a global audience! We would love for you to download our book and would appreciate if you would leave a rating and/or a review!

If you have an iPad, iPod, or iPhone or a Mac Computer, you can download the book directly from iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/passion-portraits/id1192999472?mt=11

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If you have a different type of device, you may be able to download this ePub file:

Link to Passion Portraits ePub file

On a PC computer, try using the Chrome browser with the Readium app to download/view the file.  If you have an Android phone, you might be able to use the ePub Reader app, or another app for ePub files.  (I have not tested this on an Android, so I cannot verify that this will work.)

Teacher Note: Book Creator is both an easy and creative way for students to create and publish their own content! It is one of my favorite apps. It currently is available on the US iTunes app store for $4.99. There also is a free version that will let you create one book.

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Dollar Store Design: Tinkercad Night Lights!

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One of the places I go for inspiration for 3D printing projects is the dollar store! I look for ideas of small items for which our students could create new design elements. In December the middle school multimedia class used Tinkercad to design their own custom night light cover for printing with our Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer.

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After students had viewed a few tutorials for Tinkercad and had some “playground” time just to explore, they began the design process. The first challenge was to design a base the would perfectly slide onto the night light. This involved a lot of real world measurement  and evaluative thinking (which I love).

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Each student ended up printing several iterations of their base design before they designed one that fit perfectly. The bases were pretty quick to print, so we wanted to make sure they were right before continuing. Since these students had already done several projects using the our Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, I was able to let them take charge of getting their files downloaded and ready to print, loading the filament, leveling the build plate, and starting the printing process. The onscreen directions on the control pad are easy enough for middle school students to follow on their own after being instructed on the process!

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Next step was designing a front for the night light.  One design was a Minecraft style face with holes for the eyes, nose, and mouth. The student used the tools available in Tinkercad to create shapes and holes.

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Another design used a reindeer .svg icon that was downloaded from the Flaticon website. This file was imported into Tinkercad and was used to cut out a shape into the front of the night light. One challenge in this design was trying to figure out a way to keep the nose and eyes connected to the cutout. (Unfortunately, my photo of the finished project is a bit blurry, but you get the idea.)

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The third design was a mermaid. This student could not find a .svg icon that she liked, so she decided to create her own. She used sharpie markers to draw her mermaid, photographed it with her iPad, and then downloaded it to her computer. She used an online converter to change the .jpg file to .svg which could then be imported into Tinkercad. Her design looked amazing when done! This student ended up taking her .stl file home to continue working on it in Tinkercad over vacation to get it to fit the night light better. She is fortunate that her dad has access to a 3D printer! I’m looking forward to seeing the revised design.

Teacher Notes: Tinkercad does not let you to create drawings or upload .jpg files, but it will upload .svg files. We used the following website to search for .svg files to use for this project. Black and white solid icon images work best. You will have to choose to download the file in .svg format.

http://www.flaticon.com/

If you want to create your own drawing or have a .jpg file that you wish to use, you can convert the file to .svg format. Here is the website that we used:

http://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-svg


Disclosure: I am delighted to have been named one of 10 Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors for the 2016/17 school year. Our school will have use of a Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer and will be developing and sharing lesson ideas.

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 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!

 

Vote for Southfield Christian to win Two 3D Printers!

Here is a fantastic opportunity for our school to win two 3D printers from Dremel. There is NO LOGIN REQUIRED to vote! Click the link below, then click vote. Look for Southfield Christian, then check the box to vote for us. Here is the link:

Link to Vote for Southfield Christian

You can vote once a day on each device that you own through December 26. Dremel will be giving these away to the schools that get the most votes!

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Thanks for your help! We’d appreciated it if you would share with others to vote for our school!

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End of Class Reflection/Evaluation

Students, sadly, our class is drawing to an end. Thanks for all your hard work!

Please leave a comment of at least 3 sentences to give me some feedback on the class and also to reflect on your work during the quarter. You may look back at some of the blog posts to refresh your memory, just do not get distracted by them.

  • What new things did you learn from this class?
  • What was your favorite project or activity?
  • What project or activity did you NOT like? Please explain why and give any ideas to make it better.
  • Which project that you made were you proudest of and why?
  • What is something you could have improved in this class?
  • Any other suggestions or ideas for MIss Bosch to make the class better?

#ONEWORD New Year Selfies

What is one word that best represents your goal for the new year? You are going to use the Phonto app to combine your ONE WORD with a selfie and an explanation of why you chose that word.

The four parts of this project are:

  • Open the Phonto app and take a selfie
  • Type in your ONE WORD and format it so it is large and stands out.
  • Type in your explanation of why you picked that word and format it so it is smaller but easy to read.
  • Save your picture and upload it to Dropbox

Watch this video tutorial which shows the 4 parts of the project. You may pause the video while you do each step.

Here is a link to Mrs. Requard’s video which I showed at the beginning of class with the ONE WORDS created by the 4th and 5th graders of North Star Elementary School in Arizona:

One Word Resolutions for 2016

Devotion Power Point Self Reflection – 12/16

Students, you did an outstanding job on your PowerPoint presentations! I enjoyed looking at them and hearing your presentations.  Please leave a 3 sentence comment reflecting on what you learned, evaluating yourself, and giving me any suggestions for the project in the future.

  • What new skills did you learn about creating a PowerPoint?
  • What did you learn about ways to design a good and a bad looking presentation?
  • How did you feel about giving your presentation in front of the class?
  • What things would you try to improve next time you make and give a presentation?
  • Do you have any suggestions how the teacher could improve this project for next time?

Thank you for your comment.  It is a part of your daily participation grade.