The ever expanding Code Club
first promoted Scratch, and I loved it – creating and successfully delivering a range of lessons for Junior students (see A listing of my Scratch projects.
Code Club is now promoting Blender
– and I think I love it even more!
I've created and delivered a series of lessons for Junior students this year, and the response was overwhelming. Students loved learning about 3D graphics and went on to produce some amazing creations of their own. While I thought it might be too advanced, students as young as 8 have grasped and loved using it.
3D GRAPHICS REALLY IS A USEFUL SKILL FOR THE DIGITAL FUTURE.
The lessons assume absolutely no knowledge and build up in a gradual way
Lessons 1-2 (FREE)
- What is Blender
- The Blender interface
- Navigating the 3D view port
- Transforming objects
- Creating, selecting and duplicating objects
- Project: create a snowman
- Rendering, colors and lighting
- Editing objects
- Project: create a donut
- 3D Text
- Box modelling - extruding, loop cuts, insets, bevels
- Project: create a Treasure Chest
- Animations using Timeframes
- Animations using Rigid Bodies
Each lesson is delivered via an animated PowerPoint with an accompanying Workbook, and follows a similar format:
- A short video to inspire (embedded in the PowerPoint)
- Explanations about any new concepts and skills
- A demo of what will be covered (Blender demo files included)
- Working together trying out these new concepts and skills (Workbook and Blender exercise files are provided)
- Free exploration
- A project bringing it all together (a finished Blender file is provided)
Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and a BIG BIG thanks for looking (as a full time practicing teacher, I KNOW how time consuming this process can be).
ALL my postings are FULLY "classroom-tested" - before I publish, my lessons are tested by both myself and colleagues, rigorously evaluated and discussed, and continually updated to maximise their effectiveness.
But there is always the possibility of error and room for improvement, so do please provide constructive feedback.
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Teacher/Author: Barrie James
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