So, you want to (3d model) a snowman?

Imagine being a student.  You have all of the ideas in the world, but sometimes you have trouble making your thoughts a reality.  Would if you could take your ideas and build them?  Turn them into something real, something tactile.  What if you could make any idea a reality?

Over the past two months, we’ve worked with 8th grade students from Serviam Girls Academy teaching them about everything from ideation, product development, and building a 3D model.  Take a look at their journey (and enjoy the musical accompaniment)!

Step 1:  “The Writing’s on the Walls

Ideas come from everywhere – in the shower, on the way to work, sitting behind your desk.  Like any future entrepreneur, the SGA students were full of them.  They had all kinds of problems that they wanted to solve and a million more ideas to solve them.

First and foremost, the girls had to learn a bit about product design.  Then we had the chance to run through an ideation session.  Everyone can use a good ideation session (you should ask us about running one for you).

Up at the board

Up at the board

The completed ideation session

The completed ideation session

Step 2: “Do you wanna build a snowman?

Following ideation, the students had all kinds of ideas for what product they could create in order to solve a problem of theirs.  The question comes to mind, though – “How do you make it?”

It turns out, there’s this great technology that we have access to – 3D printing.  Before we could make the product that each of the students came up with, first we had to learn how to design objects for 3D printing.

Luckily, Tinkercad came to the rescue.  The girls learned how to 3d model objects by building snowmen with the CAD program. All of the designs shown below were built 1-2 hours after students started using the program.  This gave the girls a great introduction to how the program worked and gives them the flexibility to build their own objects in the future.  The best part about Tinkercad?  It’s 100% free.

 

Step 3: “We’re makin’ weird science

Now the girls are onto the last part of their journey:  building their own inventions.  Each of them had a million of their own ideas for what they could make – everything from products to help them charge phones or to not stub their toes or new ideas for earrings.  They’ll have the chance to model a prototype using the skills that they developed while making their snowpeople.

It doesn’t matter what they make, but rather it matters that they are trying to make something.  New ideas and new solutions are built from trying and from learning from our past mistakes.

We’re looking forward to seeing what the ladies of Serviam Girls Academy build next and we can’t wait to show off their inventions!

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