SketchUp - An Introductory 3D Modeling STEM Activity For All Ages

SketchUp - An Introductory 3D Modeling STEM Activity For All Ages
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This video tutorial takes students mouse-click by mouse-click through SketchUp to build a 3D model of a pencil. The student is introduced to some of SketchUp's basic tools and concepts including,
- Working in 3D space with primary views including Orbit, Zoom, Pan and standard isometric views.
- Basic tool commands including Line, Circle, Polygon, Scale and 3D Text.
- Trays including the Instructor and Material.

This video tutorial package is offered for free as an introduction to tutorial materials and methods that have been time-tested in my classroom.

Perfect for entire classes, homeschoolers, elementary through high school. Don't get finished during your lab time? Not a problem as the lesson is indexed and you can just pick up where you left off the time before.

Students love doing these activities, but they don’t want to have anyone show them for 40 minutes and then set them free. They don’t want to have to figure out written directions (did you ever open up the shrink-wrapped manual?). They just want to jump in and create. This format allows students to start from the beginning and interactively model as they watch. If they skip a step or have trouble, they can go back and watch again that portion of the tutorial. If they find another way to do the same thing, that’s even better. If a student misses a day, they have not missed any instruction.

As their teacher, what do you do while the students work? You do what you do best and that is move about the room and facilitate instruction. It’s awesome. If a student gets totally messed up at some point, I have included the original SketchUp files, saved at the end of each chapter, so you can share them as needed.

SketchUp is a free 3D modeling program that runs on Windows, Macs and now with the browser version (beta), Chromebooks. The browser version has about 75% of the functions that are available in the PC/Mac version and is sufficient to complete this lesson. I provide an introduction to using the browser version, but the bulk of the lesson is demonstrated with the PC/Mac software.

Highly relevant for STEM classes, this tutorial introduces any student into the world of 3D modeling. Easy enough for a third-grade student, yet a great entry activity for a high school student, students are guided through many of the basic tools and concepts used in all 3D modeling programs.

Teachers are provided with saved SketchUp files for each chapter of the lesson so if students get stuck at a particular spot, they can continue with a fresh, accurate file.

The download offered here is a simple PDF that will link you to all of the materials.

Included in this 468MB download is:

1) The main folder that contains the 10-chapter video tutorial. All videos are hi-res 1080p files (1900x1080).
2) A shortcut for students to open to start the instructional content.
3) SketchUp Reference Cards for Windows and OSX with all of the commands and keyboard shortcuts. Share with your students.
4) A copy of the SketchUp files I used while creating the project. Each is completed through the end of each chapter from the video tutorial.
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