Friday, August 7, 2009

SketchUp Projects of the Month

Starting next month (I hope), I will be offering a new service: SketchUp Projects of the Month. Each month, subscribers will receive three projects geared toward teachers and students. One project each month will be math-related. Details on how to sign up will be forthcoming - sign up for our mailing list (at the end of this post) if you want to be notified.

The idea behind this is that I often get requests from teachers how to demonstrate a certain concept or tool, by way of a "bite-sized" project they can share with their students. So rather than add these projects to another book, I thought teachers (and parents!) would enjoy receiving a steady stream of projects throughout the year. Each project will, in essence, be a ready-made lesson plan.

Each project will be a printable PDF, ranging from 10-15 pages, fully illustrated and detailed step-by-step. You won't need a lot of SketchUp experience to follow along; each project assumes the reader is a beginner.

YOUR INPUT MATTERS! If you have a particular topic you'd like to see me cover, please let me know!

Here are the projects I've created so far for September and October:

SketchUp Projects: September 2009

Escher Triangles

Paper Cutouts

Placing a Picture on the Wall

SketchUp Projects: October 2009

Hexagon Mosaics

Changing Textures

Placing and Changing Models in Google Earth

Here are some of the topics planned for future months:

Geometric nets
Jigsaw puzzles
Making a material collection
Finding what you need in the 3D Warehouse
Stained glass windows
Engraving your name
Printing to scale
Calculating surface area

(The entire list is to long to show here!)

Again, please sign up for our mailing list, and you'll be notified when the projects are ready for distribution!

Anyone can design anything in 3D!

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Mr. Lauer said...

What a great resource. Thank you for sharing this. I will share with my teachers...

Unknown said...

Hi Bonnie,

Reading about the "future projects" (especially geometric nets), immediately Taff Goch' "Geodesic forms" came to my mind. His Google Groups is here:
and his collection in the Warehouse here:

Great resources!