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Aztec and Mayan Structures

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Aztec and Mayan Structures by mfritz Jan 15, 2016

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6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade

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Tinkercad

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Summary

This was a 6th grade social studies project. The students were learning about the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. Each student designed a structure in the style of one of those two great cultures.

Students were allowed to select any structure they wanted to model. In the future key structures from a city like Tikal or Tenochtitlan can be modeled by having each student design one of the buildings.

Most models were printed at reduced size to save time.

Completed this project with another 6th grade classes, added their models.

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Overview and Background

This was a 6th grade social studies project. The students were learning about the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. Each student designed a structure in the style of one of those two great cultures.

Students were allowed to select any structure they wanted to model. In the future key structures from a city like Tikal or Tenochtitlan can be modeled by having each student design one of the buildings.

Most models were printed at reduced size to save time.

Lesson Plan and Activity

  1. Students used the Internet to research structures and artifacts from the Aztec and Mayan civilizations
  2. Students decided on a structure of artifact to model in 3D using the website Tinkercad.com
  3. Models were created by combining geometric shapes on Tinkercad. Two dimensional images found on the Internet can be converted to SVG and imported, or inserted into a Google Drawing and traced, then converted to SVG and imported. This method can be used to create engravings and glyphs.
  4. Models were checked by the teacher for print-ability and corrected, if necessary.
  5. Models were printed
  6. Students showed their models to their classmates and explained their function, or cultural significance.

Project: Aztec and Mayan Structures

Objective

Design and print a structure or artifact in the style of the Mayans or Aztecs

Audience

This was a 6th grade project. The students had limited experience with Tinkercad and 3D printing.

Preparation

This project was part of a social studies unit that compared the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. Students drew Venn diagrams showing the similarities and differences between the two cultures.

Steps

  1. Students used the Internet to research structures and artifacts from the Aztec and Mayan civilizations
  2. Students decided on a structure of artifact to model in 3D using the website Tinkercad.com
  3. Models were created by combining geometric shapes on Tinkercad. Two dimensional images found on the Internet can be converted to SVG and imported, or inserted into a Google Drawing and traced, then converted to SVG and imported. This method can be used to create engravings and glyphs.
  4. Models were checked by the teacher for print-ability and corrected, if necessary.
  5. Models were printed
  6. Students showed their models to their classmates and explained their function, or cultural significance.

Results

This project was successful. The student created models are included here. Some of the students had some trouble printing their models because the parts were not solidly connected, or because of overhangs.

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Looks awesome. I work at a library, and I might see if I can get the kids to try something similar here.

Wow sounds like your students had a lot of fun!

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