by mazels, published
In my high school geometry class we used openSCAD and the MakerBot as a way to introduce the z-axis; learn a little code; and review the concepts of intersection, union, and rigid transformations. We spent 2 class periods learning openSCAD and I gave them 2 weeks outside of class to create their object.
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Hi - this is really cool and I sure bet it helps to have a 3d printer to conceptualize geometry and think differently. Cool.
I really like how dense the little buildings are.
It is amazing to me that high school geometry students have the opportunity to make things like this, these days. When I took geometry, the only computers were in the computer lab, and I'm not even that old!
Makes me wonder how much better at this stuff I'd be by now if I had started at a young
age. You are doing some amazing work with your students!
I used a modified version of MakerBlock's openSCAD tutorials: http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2...
A parent volunteer at my school showed me the openSCAD program a few months ago and it really helped me see a way to use the 3D printer in class. Our curriculum introduces union and intersection, vectors, and transformations in the fall and then we introduce the z-axis in the spring semester. Al
l of these topics are reviewed amd reinforced through writing code in openSCAD. I was surprised that we really only needed 2-3 days in class to nail the basics. Some students even learned loops since their project had repetitive designs. Hopefully this summer when I have more time I will put toge
ther a more polished curriculum and post it somewhere.
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