Take your students to the lab, point them to the lesson's link, then sit back and watch them dive in 3D modeling while having fun.
This video tutorial takes students mouse-click by mouse-click through SketchUp to build a 3D model of a Doghouse. It introduces students to all of SketchUp’s basic tools and working in 3D space.
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 via projector for 75 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 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? 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 950 MB download is:
1) The main folder that contains the 15-chapter video tutorial. All videos are 1080p hi-res 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.
Total video runtime is about 75 minutes. Actual time for students to complete the project will probably take 4-8 hours depending on age, previous experience, etc.