Katie Klein (@KKleinNYC) and Jazmin Sherwood’s 6th grade math students are designing LEGOS in this third or fourth iteration of a project that we prototype and revamp each year. In the past, we’ve used a class account on Tinkercad to construct our 3-D shape, and this year students are working with Autodesk’s 123D Design (@Autodesk123D). Tinkercad is part of Autodesk’s 123D family of free apps for 3D scanning, designing, and slicing apps and software.
In our math project, students solve for the surface area and volume of a one-bump LEGO. Time allowing, they also engineer either a larger traditionally shaped LEGO brick or design a LEGO that isn’t part of a set yet. We are ever grateful to Jeremy Sambuca of The Hewitt School for opening my eyes to this project years ago during a presentation at the now-closed Makerbot store in SoHo.
Here’s the updated lesson plan Katie shared with the children today:
How much do I love my PLN? Let me count two ways…
Luigi Cicala (@luigi_teacher) of The Brearley School shared this post on one of my GoogleGroups:
I ran into Baz, an inventor at MakerFaire, and I think he’s created the best use ever for a 3d printing pen: he’s built a Lego EV3 3d printer using the pen as the extruder!
Then Maureen Reilly (@MaureenRReilly) of The Marymount School shared this!
Yes! Baz (or Marc Andre Bazergui) is a good friend and also made an Instructable if you want to build this LEGO EV3 3-D Printer: http://www.instructables.com/id/EV3Dprinter/
This project has HUGE potential for Math connections – Baz’s printer currently can “only” be programmed to make polygons – but programming polygons is big stuff especially considering the Z axis!
The pens he uses are only $40 on Amazon. We have a few of them here and they are MUCH easier to use than the 3-D doodler (smaller in size)
Here’s a wonderful blog post from Diana Rendina (@DianaLRendina) about the Epic LEGO Wall she built at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL: http://renovatedlearning.com/2014/09/12/the-epic-library-lego-wall-how-to-build-one/
And here’s a stop-motion video of Diana building the Epic LEGO Wall…
Closer than Tampa, Maureen Reilly (the STEAM Coordinator at The Blue School) had a LEGO wall built for their new Makerspace a few miles away from me in downtown New York City! Maureen says that students love using it to build collaboratively. She also suggested an amazing idea about attaching baseplates at 90-degree angles in order to form a LEGO box. Thus, you can affix LEGOS to the outside of the box and use the box itself (with an open top or with a removable lid) for storage! Thank you, Maureen!