This elementary school lesson integrates history/social studies, arts, and 3D design to create charming little towns in which your Ozobots can cruise around.
Overview and Background
Conclude your next history/social studies lesson with a fun and engaging visit to an Ozobot sized town in the theme of your current unit of study, designed and printed by your students! Whether you are discussing the components that make up your own community or learning about social structures from history this is sure to build both student understanding of target content and design knowledge.
This lesson was inspired by a Daniel Aktas project which was shared on Twitter by Ozobot.
Lesson Plan and Activity
- At the conclusion of a relevant social studies or history (e.g. community structure, California Missions, etc.), assign students, or student groups, to brainstorm buildings or structures related to the unit of study.
- Students design a structure, or multiple structures, using Tinkercad. I recommend requiring a set base plate size to control print time and filament use and to help make city structure uniform. However, if larger structures make more sense given your topic (e.g. castles), go big!
- Once printing is complete the class will collaboratively create a "street map" for the Ozobots to travel among the student designs.
- Optional Bring writing and/or presentation skills, including the design process, into the mix to extend the lesson.
Paper for "street" layout (In the "Thing Files" section above is a PDF of a Ozocity street map if needed.)
Art and craft supplies to decorate structures
3-5 class sessions for research and design (does not including print time)
If students are unfamiliar with Tinkercad, devote time to complete the tutorials whole class and/or during open exploration time.
For the youngest students, consider designing whole class using a display monitor or projector, demonstrating to students the process and incorporating their feedback.