Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sketching and Creating Our New Olympic Symbols For The MakerBot 3D Printer

Over the last few weeks our 5th graders have been researching, collaborating, and creating in the library.  Their focus has been the Olympics as they develop their own questions to guide their research and create a project that shows what they have learned.
In the post, Project 3-D Olympics ....5th Graders Research Olympics and Create New Symbols With The New 3D Makerbot Printer, I outlined about the project and steps we will be taking.
They are having a great time working on the wonder and investigation stages of research.
The last question they will answer is one we wrote together as a class.  We decided that after they researched the Olympics, each group would create a new Olympic symbol and support the reasons why.
Each group couldn't wait to get this point of the project.  
It was really fun seeing how excited they were to create something new and unique.

I love watching what they researched as they created their new Olympic symbol.  The thoughts they develope as they collaborate and create really lets them shine in an unique way.

Gavin, pictured above, is passionate about the snow boarding in the Olympics....and snow boarding himself.  His group is going to create a new Olympic symbol that includes a snow board.
Jonathan and Beau have a passion for LEGO's.  Their new symbol is going to include a red LEGO with the current Olympic symbol on the top.
As the two classes of our 5th grade continue to research and develop their symbol, they started using one of the library windows as a collaborative work space.  It makes me smile as we walk by and see all these sticky notes represent....

Collaboration with each other within their group and the entire class.  Also, sharing these projects within our school community and the world.

Connecting to resources, knowledge, and places that will help them with their project.

Creating something new and unique to them. Something they are proud of and will learn how to create in the MakerBot 3D printer.
Next, they will start using Tinkercad and Blokify to create their symbols and get them ready to print with our MakerBot.

I can't wait to share the next steps too.  We are going to have a lot of incredible creations.


  1. What a great project! Looks like they really got into it.

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth....They are just loving this. I can't wait for what is next with them and the 3D Olympic symbols they create.