F.E. Bellows Elementary School fourth graders tinkered with a new program to learn how to create 3D objects using Tinkercad, a free computer-aided drafting website. After learning the basics, they designed houses that were complete with roofs, chimneys, doors, windows, garages and pools.
Under the direction of William McKeon, the library media specialist at the school, along with STEM instructors from MacInspires, the students gained a deeper understanding of spatial orientation and reflected on new vocabulary, such as width, depth, height, diameter, millimeter, centimeter, x, y and z planes, workplane, perspective and more. As part of the learning experience, they also further enhanced their teamwork and critical thinking skills.
The Rye Neck PTSA generously supported the students’ work with the MacInspires instructors. The fourth graders’ next challenge is to delve deeper into the process, create and print their own unique designs.
“The Rye Neck PTSA is a wonderful group of parents who are always looking for ways to enhance student experiences,” McKeon said. “The fourth grade teachers and students want to thank them for all their hard work.”