**NOTE** I use this for my Grade 8s

Having students work with their hands and connect their learning to the RELEVANT world around them is a firm belief of mine. This project is one that not only forces my students to develop their math skills (measuring, scale, parallel lines, angle measures), but it also forces them to work on life skills such as fine motor, being detail oriented, and using specific tools (calipers, measuring tapes, and those pesky math kits). Furthermore, time management skills and digital literacy are incorporated into this project.

I used a two week time period for my students with a minimum of about an hour each day to work on this IN CLASS. 1 week per part…there are two parts. I used about 2-3 weeks worth of time before assigning this project to teach the skills the students will have to apply into this project.

Those lessons were:

  1. what are orthographic drawings? why are they used? where are they used and by who.
  2. how to properly label measurements on an orthographic drawing
    1. reminder of paralell and perpendicular lines
    2. proper measuring with a ruler review
  • what are isometric drawings? why are they used?
    1. how to use the 30/60/90 (scalene) triangle in a math kit
    2. how to use Isometric Grid paper (my students needed more practice/teaching than I though on this)
  • what are calipers? how are they used? (YouTube was great)
  • what is scale and how/why they are used in engineering drawings?
  • How to use Tinkercad — 3D Design and/or Codeblocks
    1. YT Tutorials are GREAT for both and encourage students to search for their own tutorials as they struggle to encourage growth mindsets and problem solving instead of prescribing them with videos
    2. There are a bunch of Codeblock lessons on Instructables…use one of them as a «practice» to give the students the necessary skills needed to create their own Codeblock creations.
    3. I use the «Starter» Lessons under the «Learn» tab for new students to 3D Design on Tinkercad…they are MUSTS for anyone new to the software.
  • To explicitly teach the above topics, I had the students create their own fun model using 10-20 Snap Cubes. My criteria for them was that they had to make it 3D, meaning it must have at least 2 cubes of depth in all directions. They then had to use this creation for each steps of the lessons above. You could obviously just make one so that everyone uses the same sample model, which would make your life easier, but it is engaging for the kids to make their own…just make sure they lean on the side of simple as this is a development of skills task.

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