Time to Play and Explore like a Pirate in 3D Printing

The last few days, I have been busy with my teachers getting our new STEAM art curriculum set up as we await our Spheros and Drones and play with our new 3D printer. During the time of working out some great designs prints and planning some amazing lessons and projects, a wonderful lesson came to me. Using both Explore like a Pirate and Play like a Pirate teaching fun.

  1. Action FiguresUsing the create your own action figures, students create their character and their accessories like normal using Google Drawings or Google Slides. If your on an iPad, you can use Pic Collage, Keynote or Pages. After students have created their action figures. Their classmates will pick the accessory that they find the most interesting or coolest and will take a vote using Google Form or Polleverywhere.
  2. noun_4665After the top accessory has been voted on, that student will use Explore like a Pirate to  create a power card with a special ability. An example would be having a watch maker during the 19th century. Their main accessory is a pocket watch that is always set to the correct time. The student create a playing card that can be used to give them an extra day to complete their homework or assignment.
  3. IMG_7342Students then do a Keep, Trade or Power-up session with the cards they create. Once they have completed the session, they will go back with their cards and design Badge Tokens on them. Using either Google Drawings with 123D Design or Tinkercad to create their tokens for 3D printing. If you do not have a 3D printer, you can also use Perler Beads to create the tokens.
  4. Finally, these tokens are placed in a LEGO Gumball Machine. How it this works is that every time a student uses one of their trading cards, they can can get a Power Token out of the LEGO Gumball Machine to use in a future lesson or project.

This is a complete STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art and mathematics) lesson and project. Give it a try today and Explore and Play and Learn Like a Pirate.


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