Category Archives: Arts

Animated #games on Nobel Prize #Education

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none” bg_video=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Noble Prize Education has animated games and simulations, based on Nobel Prize-awarded achievements, that let you explore the concepts in a fun and inspiring way. There are games and simulations on tons of topics. Some of the games are easy enough for early elementary aged children, while some are geared to more advanced topics. Through these games you can learn things like what is a blood type, how the immune system works, what are X-rays, how is malaria cured, what is DNA, understand insulin and diabetes, what are conductive polymers, what is genetic code, to name only a few.[/text_output][image alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” src=”1065″][image alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” src=”1066″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nobelprize.org%2Feducational%2F|title:nobel%20prize%20education|target:%20_blank|” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true” id=”” class=”” style=””]Find more resources in the same subject area.[/custom_headline][the_grid name=”science”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Explore #Geometry and #Programming with Turtle Art

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none” bg_video=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Make beautiful art, explore geometry and learn computer programming (coding) with this fun drag and drop programming tool.[/text_output][image alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” src=”1041″][blockquote cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]TurtleArt lets you make images with your computer. The Turtle follows a sequence of commands. You specify the sequence by snapping together puzzle like blocks. The blocks can tell the turtle to draw lines and arcs, draw in different colors, go to a specific place on the screen, etc. There are also blocks that let you repeat or name sequences. Other blocks perform logical operations.[/blockquote][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fturtleart.org%2F|title:turtle%20art|target:%20_blank|” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true” id=”” class=”” style=””]Find more resources in the same subject area.[/custom_headline][the_grid name=”Computer Science”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Free 3D Software Autodesk 123D Design

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]If you are new to 3D modelling and still want to learn your way around it, Tinkercad is a very useful tool. But soon you will want to do more than the basic stuff and design intricate work. And then you will need a more powerful tool than Tinkercad.

Autodesk 123D Design is the next step.[/text_output][text_output]serious 3D modelling with autodesk 123D Design[/text_output][text_output]Autodesk 123D Design is from the same developers as Tinkercad. So the transition is really simple. The interface also looks familiar to those who have worked before in Tinkercad.[/text_output][text_output]3D modelling with autodesk 123D Design[/text_output][text_output]You will need to download this software on your computer, it is not browser based. You can also find many tutorials on the site. You can explore others projects to find inspiration. You can also download pre made 3D models to use in your projects. And one of the best ways to learn serious 3D modelling is to download 3D models and start modifying them.[/text_output][text_output]P.S. Learn how to make a Dodecahedron (what????) in Autodesk 123D Design.

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Tinkercad

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Have you ever wondered how to make your own 3D models? Modelling in 3D is going to be a very useful skill as 3D printers are getting more and more common. Soon every one will be able to print things like a favorite spatula or a specialized toy. But for that we will need to learn how to model that special spatula or toy first in 3D.

3D modelling comes with a steep learning curve especially if you start in programs which are super powerful but also super confusing. So how should one go about it?

Enter Tinkercad![/text_output][text_output]learn 3d modelling with tinkercad[/text_output][text_output]Tinkercad has been specially made for those people who are new to the world of 3D modelling and the full versions of 3D software are too overwhelming for them. But it doesn’t mean that you can not make good 3D models in Tinkercad. Inspite of its easy interface and relatively simple options, Tinkercad is quite powerful.[/text_output][text_output]learn 3D modelling with tinkercad[/text_output][text_output]And one of the reasons Tinkercad is perfect for beginners is that it comes with its very own mini lessons. These lessons will give you a good idea about how to draw basic shapes, navigate and pan around and merge and play with different properties of shapes. And soon you will be on your way to design that special spatula or a beloved toy![/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tinkercad.com%2F|title:Tinkercad|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

V8 Working Paper Engine Model

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Engineer Aliaksei Zohlner is super talented when it comes to making tiny paper models of engines that really work.

Take a look at this working V8 engine model made entirely with paper and “some scotch tape on valves to eliminate friction” and runs on compressed air. Super cool![/text_output][text_output][/text_output][text_output]and here is the throttle model made with paper for this engine.[/text_output][text_output][/text_output][text_output]and here comes the complete prototype vehicle.[/text_output][text_output][/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Turn Photos into Quilting Patterns

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Are you a craft person? Do you like making quilts or do embroidery? although I do not do quilting or embroidery myself, often I have seen a craft person looking at a picture and wondering how they can turn it into a pattern for their next quilting/embroidery project. So I was pretty pleased when I found that the good people at Victoria and Albert Museum have created a pattern generator which can turn any image into a quilting pattern.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”843″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]Input any image into the generator, and in seconds it will give you a pixelated version of your image. It will even allow you to adjust the complexity (number of colors and squares), and gives you a summary of how many pieces and colors you need to cut.

I love the potential to use this tool to create art in forms other than quilting. This would easily translate into a cross stitch pattern. How about using paint chips, or even Lego bricks?[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fvam.demo.lemberg.co.uk%2Fpatchwork-pattern-maker%2Flanding||target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Tagxedo Word Clouds

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Word clouds are a beautiful and visual way to represent information. You can even use them to analyze your writing. Or make beautiful works of art with a poetry you like. There are many applications available to turn your words into a beautiful word cloud. Wordle being one of the oldest. But wordle has its limitations. If you want more control over the final picture give Tagxedo a try.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”827″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][blockquote type=”center” cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]

Word Clouds with style!

[/blockquote][text_output]With Tagxedo you have more control over the shape of your picture. You can have a random cloud or you can have your words appear inside many different shapes like continents, fruits, thought bubbles etc.. You can even upload your own image and provide words to fill in that picture. You also get more variety with the layout options which really makes this application stand out. Do give it a try![/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tagxedo.com%2F||target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

SketchUp

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]SketchUp is a software you can use to create 3D models of anything you like. Model anything you can imagine. Redecorate your living room. Design a new piece of furniture. Model your city for Google Earth. Create a skate park for your hometown, then export an animation and share it on YouTube. There’s no limit to what you can create with SketchUp.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”744″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][blockquote type=”center” cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]

There’s a reason SketchUp is synonymous with friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software: we don’t sacrifice usability for the sake of functionality. Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like.

[/blockquote][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”743″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]There are many versions of the software available, depending on what you want to do with it, along with paid versions. But the basic “make” version is free fro individual use which is by no means basic. Along with creating your 3D models you can browse and download thousands of models created by others in the 3D warehouse –  world’s biggest library of free 3D models.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sketchup.com%2F|title:SketchUp|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

City Creator

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]City Creator is a fantastic applet letting you make cities, complete with buildings, roads, people and vehicles, from scratch. Choose from medieville (a medieval city), snoland (a city covered in a blanket of snow) and blankton ( a modern city center). For every selection you would be given backgrounds, buildings, roofs, people and vehicles and roads/walkways according to your selection. Building the town is an easy matter of dragging the pieces on the canvas. Once you have finished making your town you can save your work, print it, send it to a friend as an ecard, set it as a desktop paper for your computer etc., although you will need to register in order to do the above. Registration is free but requires an email address. Or if you do not want to bother about registering etc., you can just play with the tool, and take a screenshot of your created city.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”770″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.citycreator.com%2F|title:City%20Creator|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

BeetleBlocks

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]There are lots of drag and drop programming languages available. Scratch being the most popular one. But BeetleBlocks is different. I would say its almost like the next logical step after Scratch.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”756″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]Notice what is different about this picture. Like scratch you start with a blank screen, but unlike scratch you not only have X and Y planes but also a Z plane. So we are talking about coding in three dimensions.[/text_output][blockquote type=”center” cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]

Beetle Blocks is a graphical blocks-based programming environment for 3D design and fabrication. Use code to control a beetle that can place 3D shapes and extrude its path as a tube. Then make a 3D print!

[/blockquote][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”757″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]If you are familiar with Scratch or any other drag and drop programming then using BeetleBlocks is really easy. You will notice the same blocks as Scratch. The only differences are where you get tools like wireframes and different camera views which are, given a 3D environment, necessary. But if you are familiar with 3D environments you will be right at home with these tools. And if you are new to 3D environment its a good time to start getting familiar with it with BeetleBlocks.[/text_output][image type=”none” float=”none” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”758″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][text_output]There are reference manuals and plenty of examples to help you learn. This project is currently in Alpha stage, and only supported on the Google Chrome platform (although it seemed to work fine in Firefox)[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_btn title=”Launch Site” style=”flat” color=”black” align=”center” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fbeetleblocks.com%2F|title:BeetleBlocks|target:%20_blank” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]