Overview and Background
Landmark Skyline Project
I saw a photo of a project that involved a skyline and decided to alter the lesson to fit the skillset of my students. I teach an eighth grade 3D printing class at a public middle school in New Jersey. My 3D printing classes are each a semester long and over the course of the five months that I have them, they are able to truly develop from being beginner designers to advanced designers. My school even offers an Advanced 3D Printing class for students that complete my class and want to continue learning more about 3D Design.
Lesson Plan and Activity
In your journal, name a city that you have a personal connection to...either national or international. Write 1-3 sentences describing why you have a personal connection to that city.
Students will be able to groups forms together to duplicate buildings that are currently in existence.
Strategies and Activities:
- Students will be asked if they want to discuss their chosen city with the class, explaining why they chose it.
- After class discussion, students will use the computers to research famous landmarks in their chosen city. Recommendation is minimum of 6 landmarks, maximum of 12.
- Once they have chosen their landmarks and completed a quick sketch of each in their journal, students will sign into TinkerCAD and try to build a skyline comprised of the landmarks they researched.
- Requirements: All landmarks should be 1/4" to 3/4" thick. Size is 9" wide and landmarks can be up to 7" tall.
- Students are to build their landmarks by grouping forms together to resemble them.
- Once completed, landmark skylines will be printed and framed for display.
What might be difficult to recreate in TinkerCAD? Why might that particular shape, form, object, etc be difficult to recreate?
- Are there minimum 6 buildings, maximum of 12?
- Is the sculpture 1/4" to 3/4" thick? Is it 9" wide by maximum of 7" high?
- Were forms "grouped" together to resemble actual buildings?
- Is the project completed at an age appropriate level?
IEPs will be referred to regarding individual students. Written instructions given to some, as well as extra writing/researching time to others. Modifications will be made for some students, requiring either more landmarks or fewer landmarks.
Four 80 minute classes from start to finish.