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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]

Cut and fold platonic mathematical shapes

[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]Cut and fold platonic mathematical shapes with Howtoons[/text_output][image alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” src=”1024″][blockquote cite=”” id=”” class=”” style=””]Platonic solids are great mathematical fun. You can print, cut, and fold the five shapes below to make small 3D paper shapes perfect for game dice. Next, try using these templates to go big. Fold up some cardboard into a custom-size box for storage, or stretch some fabric over PVC piping to build an icosahedron fort![/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%2Fmakezine.com%2Fprojects%2Fhowtoons-platonic-solids%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][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=”Maths”][/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]

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]

Geometry Paper Art

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][text_output]A few fun things to do with just sheets of paper and a pair of scissors.

3D paper Fractals

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For instructions click here

Cardstock Geometry Puzzle

Teach 3D Cube(s) Net
(caution: this video contains music, pls keep your speakers off)

Cool Paper Toy

[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]This activity supports:[/custom_headline][skill_bar heading=”Independent Learning” percent=”700″ bar_text=”Independent Learning”][skill_bar heading=”Parental/Teacher Involvment” percent=”0″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Hunkin’s Experiments

[vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][text_output]From making onions glow to growing ant colonies, this website has got hundreds of experiments, illustrated as cartoons. Author of the site is Tim Hunkin who is a cartoonist, broadcaster and engineer.  Most of the experiments require only house hold objects. There are some really neat experiments in there so do check it out.

15-006[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]This activity supports:[/custom_headline][skill_bar heading=”Independent Learning” percent=”90″][skill_bar heading=”Parental/Teacher Involvment” percent=”10″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row no_margin=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h5″ accent=”true”]Subject areas covered:[/custom_headline][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row no_margin=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/4″][icon_list][icon_list_item type=”check-square”]Science[/icon_list_item][/icon_list][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][icon_list][icon_list_item type=”check-square”]Math[/icon_list_item][/icon_list][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][icon_list][icon_list_item type=”check-square”]Science Experiments[/icon_list_item][/icon_list][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row inner_container=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” pinterest=”true” email=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]