Students will research prominent Revolutionary War figures, create a symbol that depicts their figure’s significance, and use Tinkercad to design and 3D-print a Congressional Medallion with information about their figure and their symbol.
MN Social Studies Standards:
184.108.40.206.1: Pose questions about a topic in Minnesota history, gather a variety of sources related to the questions, interpret findings and use evidence to draw conclusions that address the questions.
220.127.116.11.5: Describe ways that enslaved people and people in free black communities resisted slavery and transferred, developed and maintained their cultural identities. (Colonization and Settlement: 1585-1763)
18.104.22.168.3: Identify the major events of the American Revolution culminating in the creation of a new and independent nation. (Revolution and a New Nation: 1754-1800)
22.214.171.124.4: Compare and contrast the impact of the American Revolution on different groups within the 13 colonies that made up the new United States. (Revolution and a New Nation: 1754-1800)
126.96.36.199.5: Describe the purposes of the founding documents and explain the basic principles of democracy that were set forth in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. (Revolution and a New Nation: 1754-1800)
ISTE Standards for Students:
1B: Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
3B: Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media
Could also include many more ISTE Standards.
Printed standard settings. Makerbot PLA Filament, 215 degrees C extrusion temp
Overview and Background
I have been working to integrate 3D-modeling and 3D-printing into each grade level at my elementary school. This year I worked with a 5th grade teacher to develop this project to deepen the learning and connections our 5th grade students made to their Social Studies unit on the Revolutionary War time period. We chose to use this project as a summative assessment at the end of the Revolutionary War unit; completion of the project was one component, the other was each student’s ability to orally present their medallion to the class and to explain their symbol and how it depicts their figure’s contributions to the Revolutionary War time period.
Students learned about various historical figures and events during the unit. At the end, students were tasked with researching one of the historical figures they learned about previously or a new figure from our list and to create/draw a symbol that represents their significance. Some students also chose to find a copyright-free image of their figure, then to use Remove.bg to remove the background, before finally using Image-to-Lithophane to get a Lithophane of their figure which could be imported into their design in Tinkercad.
Because this was these students’ first opportunity to use Tinkercad 3D-modeling software, I created a tutorial video to assist them in their work. Many students were able to complete the project independently, while others who required assistance could get it from me since I was freed up by the video tutorial. Students created Tinkercad accounts and used my Teacher join code to get approved which made it easy for me to manage and download their projects as they finished.
After we printed each class’s projects, we got string/plastic thread to string through the hole we designed into each medallion to make each project wearable by the students. The students loved their projects and wore them for the rest of that day until they brought them home. The 5th grade teachers liked the finished projects and how easy it was to integrate into what they were already doing and all the supports I provided them (list of figures with research links, Tinkercad video tutorial). We are planning on doing this project again next year.
Lesson Plan and Activity
Computers/Chromebooks for each student
Headphones for student tutorial-viewing
USB mice for computers/Chromebooks (much easier than a trackpad for 3D modeling)