3D Giving Day was an event designed to share iconic picture books with people who can’t experience them through visual means.
Thanks to 3D Printing, 3Doodler pens, and other maker space tools, 3D Giving Day participants made these stories tactile, in some cases for the first time ever. The finished products were then donated to libraries, hospitals, preschools, or other individuals so they could experience beloved images in a whole new way.
We are excited to share the success of 3D Giving Day with you, and we have compiled some of our favorite examples below.
A group of teens at the Library Station in Springfield, Missouri created a tactile version of Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear. Once completed, Library Station Youth Services Manager, Phyllis Davis, read the finished version aloud to blind and visually impaired preschoolers at Shining Stars Early Childhood Center. The kids interacted with the 3D prints through touch, providing further context to the visuals most of us take for granted. The local NBC station was also there to cover the reading.
“We’re helping other people so they can have the same feeling that we have when we read the books,” said San Gabriel, CA sixth grader, Krystal Osorio. “But instead of reading they are going to feel with their hands.”
3Doodler co-founder Maxwell Bogue attended the 3D Giving Day celebration at Massapequa-Ames High School, leading students through favorites like Where The Wild Things Are, Elephant and Piggie, and more.
3Doodler ambassador Naomi Harm put together a 3D Giving Day lesson plan for Coffee for the Brain’s25 Days of Making. One week later, she brought the 3D Giving Day concept to more than 1,000 attendees at the SLATE Conference in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
Want to see more about 3D Giving Day?
Check out the links below in the footer, and in the spirit of sharing, please post them on social media! @3Doodler#3Doodler
October is just around the corner, and one thing is on students’ minds… Halloween!
We know that they can hardly contain the excitement as October 31st inches closer. To help you bring some focused fun to your lessons, we have compiled a list of STEM projects with some Halloween flare. They can be adapted as needed for your hybrid learning needs.
Spooky STEM Activity for All Grades!
STEM Challenge: Catapult Pumpkin Launch
Have you ever heard of a pumpkin launch? We have just the activity to help you do it in your classroom.
Pairs of students will create a pumpkin launcher that shoots mini pumpkins the farthest in the classroom. There will be at least 2 rounds of the pumpkin launch so that each partner can launch the pumpkin.
The components of the catapult
Split students into pairs.
Have the students discuss and write down two hypotheses regarding the launch, such as whether a half a pumpkin would go farther or less far than a whole pumpkin, or if any modifications, such as the size of the catapult, could affect the distance the pumpkin goes.
Have them each Doodle parts of one Catapult Stencil to make a small scale pumpkin launcher. *Students can split the stencil in half and take turns Doodling the component pieces together to make the final product.
Once the Doodled pumpkin launcher is completed, have students come to the front of the classroom.*Safety first: Before handing out pumpkins for the first launch, ensure nobody is in the line of mini pumpkin fire!
Hand out one mini pumpkin, then have each pair launch their pumpkins in the classroom one by one.
One student from the pair will launch the pumpkin, and the other student from the pair will use a measuring tape to see how far the pumpkin was launched from the catapult. The teacher can note the measurement on the board for each pair in the rounds of launching.
Allow the pairs to modify their design in between rounds based on inferences made during the launch.
Repeat steps 4-6. *Note: you can do two rounds of the pumpkin launch, or as many rounds as you’d like.
Finally, have students calculate the average distance between their launch rounds based on the numbers written on the board.
Announce the winning pair!
Hooray for Halloween Lesson Plans
If you’re looking for a full scale lesson plan to bring the ghoul into school, these are sure to spark some high-spirited engagement in the classroom!
Fibonacci Spiderwebs Lesson Plan
Use our creepy, crawly Fibonacci lesson plan to help students understand mathematics! They will gain a better understanding of the Fibonacci sequence, its presence in nature, and create their very own spider webs based on the golden spiral. Be sure to use the Doodled spider webs and spiders to decorate your classroom for Halloween!
TIME REQUIRED: Two 45-60 minute sessions SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate RECOMMENDED GRADES: 3rd to 5th
Elemental Superheroes and Supervillains
In our Elemental Superheroes and Supervillains lesson plan, students will creatively explore elements from the periodic table. Students will work in pairs to design their own 3Doodler contour superhero or supervillain mask, which will embody the qualities and associations of their assigned periodic element. Have students wear their masks after the completion of the lesson plan to bring the Halloween spirit into the classroom!
TIME REQUIRED: Three 40-minute sessions SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate RECOMMENDED GRADES: 6th to 8th
Are you excited to bring Curriculum from the Cauldron into your classroom? Please let us know on social media, and be sure to share pictures of your students’ projects!
Did you know that today is John Lennon’s 79th birthday? In remembrance of John Lennon, we thought today would be the perfect day to celebrate the life and works of one of our favorite Notable Doodlers.
In the year of 1940, John Winston Lennon was born in an English city called Liverpool. Little did anyone know at the time that he would go on to be one of society’s most renowned creative geniuses. He is best known for The Beatles, one of the world’s most influential rock bands, and for being a prominent peace activist. Of Lennon’s lesser known works are his surrealist scribbles, which he made consistently from his early childhood until his passing. During his life he drafted countless sketches and lithographs, a spectacle of his spirited drive to create.
Many don’t know that Lennon expressed the visual arts as his first love, nor do they know that he was an art student at the Liverpool College of Art from 1957-60. Though art wasn’t his primary focus after forming The Beatles, he continued to Doodle throughout the years, and even drew the first sketch of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.
"Surrealism had a great effect on me because I realized that the imagery in my mind wasn’t insanity. Surrealism to me is reality."-John Lennon Share
Depicted above is John Lennon’s original sketch of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.
"Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away."-John Lennon Share
His favorite style of art was line drawing using pencil, pen, or Japanese sumi ink. In 1969, Lennon started holding art exhibits with pieces from a series titled Bag One, a portfolio that was inspired and dedicated to his relationship with Yoko Ono. The sketches detailed their marriage ceremony, honeymoon, and their fervent pleas for world peace. His peace drawings from that series were used in a number of anti-war movements.
The drawings from his early years until his untimely death in 1980 have been compiled into a book titled John Lennon: The Collected Artwork. John Lennon’s drawings exude his visionary, surrealist personality, and they serve as a testimony to his creative spirit. His music and artwork have enriched millions of lives throughout the years, and will continue to send ripples of inspiration across the universe.
The Beatles. “Come Together.” Abbey Road, 1969
The Beatles. “Across the Universe.” Let It Be, 1970.
The Beatles. “I’ve Got a Feeling.” Let It Be, 1970.
The Beatles. “Good Day Sunshine.” Revolver, 1966.
Imagine Where the Wild Things Are without the iconic images of Max and the malicious beasts.
Could you experience the humor and horror of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! without seeing the grumpy grinch himself?
With 3Doodler pens, it is possible to bring these remarkable illustrations to those who have never seen them before. By feeling 3D outlines, people with visual impairments across the world can experience these classic characters in a new way.
We have teamed up with Build a Better Book to make this dream a reality. We’re asking classrooms, artists and individuals across the globe to join us in making cherished illustrations accessible.
This year, International 3D Printing Day and Giving Tuesday both fall on December 3rd, and we thought this would be the perfect time to share your Doodles with those who have never been able to experience them before. We are calling this day 3D Giving Day, a first-of-its kind humanitarian day centered around giving 3D creations.
3D Giving Day with 3Doodler
For classrooms, this is a low prep activity that will bring meaning and engagement to your students as they gear up for the holidays. For artists and individuals, it can be as simple or as intricate as you’d like!
If you’re a classroom, pick one or more books for your students to use for the project. If you’re an artist or individual, pick the book of your choice. We’ve included a list of suggested books below.
Have participants use DoodlePads or clear laminated sheets on top of the selected picture book pages they wish to trace. Tip: Use masking tape to hold the DoodlePad or clear laminated sheet in place so it doesn’t move while the image is being traced.
Next, use the 3Doodler pens and filaments to trace the images on top of the DoodlePad or laminated sheet.
Once the Doodles are finished, carefully bend the DoodlePad or laminated sheet to pop the Doodles off.
Email us at [email protected] and we will help you find the best local charity to take your Doodles to.
*Be sure to check our compatibility chart to ensure you get the right filaments and accessories for your 3Doodler pens. We welcome mixed media approaches to the project, so please feel free to use traditional 3D printers, cardboard, clay, etc.
Some Suggested Picture Books For 3D Giving Day (Linked Below)
The Build a Better Book project works with school and library Makerspaces to engage youth in the design and fabrication of inclusive media, including picture books, games and graphics. They use both low- and high-tech Makerspace tools, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, MakeyMakey, conductive boards and craft materials, youth design, fabricate, test and refine multi-modal books, games and STEM graphics that incorporate tactile and audio features. These products are designed by and for learners with visual impairments as well as other physical and learning disabilities. Through the project, middle and high school youth develop technology skills and learn about STEM careers as they design and create multi-modal picture books, graphics and games that can be seen, touched and heard! Learn more about Build a Better Book here.
"We want to empower students with real life skills so they too can influence positive change, while addressing and solving problems and challenges in our world."-Naomi Harm ShareWelcome to our first teacher spotlight of the fall 2019 school year!
We’re honored to share a very inspirational story with you about Naomi Harm, a leader in STEM education. Over the summer, Naomi hosted a series of events titled “Summer Tech Splash” where teachers and students worked collaboratively to build prototypes of a self-driving car. Her event was even featured on Milwaukee’s NPR!
We had a chance to catch up with Naomi, learn about her goals as a leader in STEM education, and hear all about the successes of her events over the summer. She was also generous enough to share her lesson plan with the 3Doodler EDU community.
Naomi, thank you for taking the time to meet with us. Can you please tell us about yourself, the STEM Learning institution you founded, and your goals as a leader in STEM education?
My name is Naomi Harm I am an edtech woman, an instigator of STEM innovation, and a thought leader and influencer. I truly welcome each and every opportunity to share my expertise on project based learning (PBL), student-centered learning, brain-based instructional approaches, and STEM and NGSS activities.
I am also the CEO and founder of Innovative Educator Consulting, a professional STEM learning company that supports women in leadership. We provide innovative education for teachers and administrators that aligns to the ISTE standards.
Our goal is to give teachers everything they need to provide students with experiences that will enhance the pursuit of their future STEM careers. We want to empower students with real life skills so they too can influence positive change, while addressing and solving problems and challenges in our world.
We are so inspired by your Summer Tech Splash events in Wisconsin. Can you please share a brief overview of the events, the experiences of the attendees, and any notable learning breakthroughs you witnessed?
Every summer we offer a multitude of STEM learning events based on the needs and requests of K-12 educators and students. This year, we focused on maximizing creativity, collaboration and communication through STEM design thinking activities. Many mediums were explored, including 3D Printing, coding, robotics, LED circuitry, and Google suite programs to enhance collaboration. Students and teachers created ebooks to share their learning experiences.
The one workshop that left a lasting impact on each and every attendee was the experience of creating a self-driving car prototype with 3Doodler Start and Create pens. Attendees worked in groups through an assembly line scenario, and each participant had a specific task that contributed to the self-driving car prototype. Everyone was actively involved and played a part in the success of the final product. Car stencils were provided as an option to assist with building the car structure, and to inspire design ideas. Some attendees decided to sketch out their own original designs to build their car from to make it truly unique.
What benefits have you noticed with using 3Doodler pens in the educational events and workshops that you host?
3Doodler pens definitely create more engaged learners, and with the pens there is a lot of room to personalize the learning. Every final product is different and unique. At risk students, special needs and English-language learner (ELL) students become instant leaders and peer coaches through the collaborative activities with 3Doodler pens.
Many attendees commented on how calming and soothing the designing and creating processes were with the 3D pens. The tactile tools helped them stay focused, and they had more creative conversations with their teammates. They all felt like they were part of a dynamic team, as they all had a special task to contribute to the final prototype of the car.
Both the educators and students liked that the project didn’t involve screen time or computers. I found this statement so enlightening!
"3Doodler pens definitely create more engaged learners, and with the pens there is a lot of room to personalize the learning."-Naomi Harm Share
We’re extremely excited to share our new website with you. With a new layout and a completely revamped store, we’re proud to give you the best possible experience.
At 3Doodler, our purpose is to inspire and enable everyone to create. Whether you’re a proud owner of your very first 3Doodler, or you’re a teacher looking for inspiration for your next class, the new the3Doodler.com is your one stop for all things 3Doodler! For returning users, everything you love can still be found on our website, now organized under 5 content hubs.
What does this mean for you?
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As an educator, you may be asking yourself, how can I kick off the school year in the best way possible?
Well, we’ve got something special for you that will bring some social-emotional learning (SEL) and design thinking to your students in a fun and engaging way.
Icebreakers and design challenges are fantastic activities to cultivate meaningful experiences at school, both socially and academically. Why not get the best of both worlds with our back to school icebreaker design challenge?
Icebreaker Design Challenge
3Doodler Pens (1 pen per pair of students)
3Doodler Filaments (5 strands per student)
Optional: Scrap paper or cardboard and scissors to use with the filament to make the project mixed media
Icebreaker Design Challenge
Instruct students to close their eyes and spend one minute reflecting on what they love about school. After the minute is up, with students’ eyes still closed, ask students to reflect on a time where a specific tool at school helped them accomplish an important goal.
Share the goal: Students will create a model of the tool that came to mind with 3Doodler pens.
Split students into groups and pass out 3Doodler pens and filaments (and paper/cardboard if you choose to use that as an additional material). Have students take turns creating their prototypes with the pens.
Circle Share: To encourage listening, have the groups position their chairs in a circle so that all students can easily make eye contact with one another. Have each student share their model and why they chose that specific tool. To facilitate empathy, encourage deeper conversation around what each student shares by asking the group, “Why did they choose that tool to prototype?” or “What point of view are they coming from?”
Extension: Have students brainstorm on how the tool that benefited them could be improved. Instruct students to modify their model to include the improvement, then repeat step 5 for circle sharing.
This activity aligns with the following ISTE Standards:
ISTE 4C: Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
ISTE 5C: Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.
Building strong relationships with and among your new students is foundational to creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment. In this space, students feel more trusting of their teachers and peers, and more comfortable and confident asking questions and taking risks. Check out this amazing Cult of Pedagogy article to learn more about building strong relationships with your students.
That’s right! Even though the STEM acronym was only introduced in 2001, STEM has been explored by many great thinkers throughout history.
One of the greatest intellectuals who documented his reflections on the arts and sciences was the late Renaissance prodigy, Leonardo da Vinci.
Regarded as one of the greatest painters of all time, da Vinci spent a significant amount of his life designing inventions in his journals and diving deep into studying science, technology, engineering, mathematics, anatomy, architecture, sculpture, music, cartography, literature, astronomy, geology, botany, writing, and history, to name quite more than few! His journals are filled with machine prototypes, drawings of human bodies, plants, geometric figures, and much, much more. His margins, interestingly, are filled with notes written backwards and from right to left, which is theorized as being a product of his dyslexia.
Though the majority of his prototypes were not made due to limitations of metallurgy and manufacturing at that time, his designs of flying machines and other large-scale inventions are a testament to his technological ingenuity. Of note, some of his smaller inventions did make it into manufacturing, including a machine that measured the tensile strength of wire.
Leonardo da Vinci’s explorations of the sciences were quite advanced for his time. In fact, da Vinci’s journals document the first known systematic study of the laws of friction. His journals also show that he applied the findings from his studies on friction to prototype designs later in his life.
Unlike most artists, da Vinci achieved recognition within his lifetime for his body of work, and the King of France held him in great reverence. There are legends that say the King cared for da Vinci in his elderly years, and even held him as he passed away. However, many critics would say that this endearing tale is untrue.
Leonardo da Vinci’s popularity has only increased over the years, and his famous Mona Lisa painting is said to be the most popular painting in the world. His influence on the arts and sciences has been profound, and he will be forever remembered and revered in our collective memory.
Do you keep scribbles in your science notes? We’d love to see all of your Doodly diagrams.
Please share your STEM scratch pad with us on social media!
Every year on the third Saturday of August, National Honey Bee Day honors honey bees, beekeepers, and bee enthusiasts all across the globe. This day is a perfect time to spread awareness of the profound influence that honey bees have on our everyday lives, and to also share the importance of protecting these magnificent creatures.
So, what can you do to honor our buzzing bee friends on this special day?
"‘I know some good games we could play,’
said the cat.
‘I know some new tricks,’
said the cat in the hat.
‘a lot of good tricks.
I will show them to you.
your mother will not mind at all if I do.’"-Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat ShareWe’re not kitten you.
We have what purr-haps may be the most fun and engaging STEM challenge of all time for International Cat Day, which takes place on August 8th.
And it is inspired by a famous fable featuring a funny and furry feline… The Cat in the Hat, written by none other than Dr. Seuss.
A baby girl was born with the name of Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón, or Frida Kahlo for short.
This child would go on to be one of the most influential female artists of all time, and her endurance would be an inspiration to the world for ages to come.
"They thought I was a surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality."-Frida Kahlo Share
Frida Kahlo’s paintings largely draw on Mexican culture and the unfiltered human experience. Art historians often describe her work as being influenced by surrealism, or sometimes magical realism. Her life is a testament to creativity, and how art is a powerful tool of catharsis through the journey of life.
Frida faced unique challenges from a very young age, being diagnosed with polio as a child, and then having the misfortune of being in a bus accident at the age of 18. These events caused her a whirlwind of physical and emotional pain, in addition to medical challenges and dozens of operations throughout her life. During her recovery process she took up her childhood pastime of painting, even though she was in a body cast.
Frida found freedom through art, channeling the challenges of human experience into pure creativity. She spent the majority of her life painting, drawing, and sketching. She is most well known for her self-portraits, which comprise 55 of her 143 paintings.
"I paint self-portraits because I am the person I know best. I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other considerations."-Frida Kahlo Share
Frida Kahlo has become one of the most renowned painters in human history, being the first Mexican artist to have a painting sell past the million dollar mark. Her self-portrait titled Roots was sold for over 5.5 million dollars at Sotheby’s in 2006, and another titled Two Nudes in the Forest (The Earth Itself) sold for 8 million dollars in 2016.
A rare occurrence for artists, Frida Kahlo achieved celebrity status during her lifetime. Little did anyone know her reach would extend to the edges of the planet shortly after her death at age 47. Frida’s creative vision, perseverance, and strength will go on to inspire and empower women, artists and dreamers across the face of the earth. The deep and rich expressions woven within her paintings will continue to influence global art culture for aeons to come, and her legacy will encourage humans walking the journey of life to find freedom through art, no matter the circumstances.
Are you inspired by Frida Kahlo? Let us know how she has influenced your life on Twitter! @3Doodler#3Doodler
Saturday marks that special day exactly half a century ago when Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins made history. They were the first human beings to ever set foot on the moon.
On July 16th, 1969, the world was filled with excitement as Apollo 11 launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After a 76 hour journey, the shuttle entered into orbit around the moon. On July 20th, the craft known as “Eagle” made its way to the lunar surface, and Neil Armstrong famously radioed to Mission Control in Houston, stating that “[t]he Eagle has landed.” "“Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon, July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”"-Plaque left on the moon by Apollo 11 astronauts Share
And you may wonder, why did Armstrong reference “the Eagle”?
Since the United States was the first country to make it to the moon, “Eagle” was the name given to the lunar module that landed on the surface, a reference to the national bird of the USA. In addition, Apollo 11 had a famous mission patch that featured a bald eagle holding an olive branch, which is a symbol for peace. On the patch, the eagle is depicted as landing on the moon with the earth peeking out of space in the background. Few know that it was actually Michael Collins, one of the three astronauts on the mission, that created the design for this patch! "“That’s one small step for man, a giant leap for mankind.”"-Neil Armstrong Share
To add some celestial flare to your celebration, you can create your very own Doodled mission patch. All you need is this stencil, the plastics below, and a large safety pin to Doodle onto the back of your badge.
How can you excite young minds about their summer reading list?
3Doodler has the perfect project to captivate K-12 readers.
Just share the easy steps below so they can bring their favorite character to the third dimension.
3Doodler Summer Reading Design Challenge:
Read a book from your summer reading list.
Choose a character from the story that you want to bring to life.
Integrate three characteristics of the character’s personality into the design.
Next, plan your design. Brainstorm how your figure will look, and how you will include the three characteristics. Sketch a draft to help you visualize the outcome.
Lift the character off of the page!
Check out our printable Figure Stencil which is the perfect template for your Doodle, or feel free to create your own.
If you have the 3Doodler Start, the Figurine Activity Kit will help you easily create an opposable figure.
Here is a Doodled character from a well known book series. Can you guess who it is? It was created with our free, printable Figure Stencil. Just use the stencil as the template, and add the characteristics of your choice!
Ask your parent or teacher to share your Doodle on social media!
We can’t wait to see all of the Summer Reading Doodles. Tag @3Doodler and share them on twitter, instagram, or facebook.
*Please ask for an adult to assist. Follow the glue gun’s instructions and take note of the warnings.
Doodle fins and a nose cone for your Doodle Rocket. (For the nose cone, take a piece of scrap paper and roll it to make a cone. Tape it to stay in place and Doodle over your cone shape. For the fins, you can draw a right angled triangle and trace it with your 3Doodler.)
Affix the Doodled pieces to your film canister with glue and let dry completely.
Go outside with the Doodle Rocket and lid, and put your safety goggles on. (Ensure you are 12 feet away from lightbulbs, breakables, and bystanders.)
Break the antacid tablet in half. (You can alter the size of the antacid tablet in repeat trials.)
Add 1 tsp/5ml of water into the film canister.
Quickly place the antacid tablet into the canister and put the lid on.
Swiftly place the film canister on the ground with the cap side down.
Speedily step back 7 feet or more, then turn and face the rocket.
In approximately 8-12 seconds your Doodle Rocket will launch.
IMPORTANT: If it doesn’t launch, wait 60 seconds before approaching the rocket to examine it.
Make it an Experiment with these Critical Thinking Questions
Can you hypothesize how the Doodle Rocket works? (Answer at the bottom)
Does the size of the antacid tablet piece impact the time it takes for the rocket to launch?
Does the amount of water in the canister influence the launch time?
Does the amount of water in the canister impact the height the rocket reaches?
Can the direction of the Doodle Rocket’s launch be influenced by the shape of the Doodled fins and nose cone? Doodle some alternative shapes for your fins and cone to test this theory.
How is this Doodle Rocket similar to a NASA rocket taking off? How is it different?
We want to see pictures and videos of your Doodle Rockets!
Let us know how you enjoyed this experiment by sharing on social media.
SAFETY FIRST: While the Doodle Rocket will not produce explosions like a space shuttle, the film canister will shoot off with force and liquid will gush out. Wear eye protection and do not aim the rocket at anyone or anything. Failure to follow these instructions could result in harm to you or to bystanders.
How does the Doodle Rocket work?
Answer: As the water dissolves the antacid tablet, carbon dioxide is released and pressure is created inside the film canister. As more and more gas is released, pressure builds up until the cap is separated from the canister body.
Hugo, born in France in 1802, is considered to be one of the foremost French authors, and his most famous works include The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables. Les Misérables was adapted to a musical and went on to be the 9th most profitable Broadway musical of all time.
"“There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”"-Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Share
And in the spirit of his own words, Victor Hugo Doodled his dreams onto paper and influenced the future of art. In fact, the co-founder of Surrealism, André Breton, declared Hugo as a forerunner of the Surrealist movement because of his Doodles. It is even said that Pablo Picasso himself owned some of Hugo’s drawings.
Despite the thousands of Doodles that were drafted in his lifetime, few know that Hugo was an artist at all. His unique creations were made with different techniques, and he often used the nib and feather of his quill for his Doodles.
Victor Hugo’s achievements are recognized around the world today, and his portrait has even been featured on French currency. In addition to this, a mosaic at the Library of Congress was crafted in Hugo’s memory, and there is a statue in his honor across the road from Museo Carlo Bilotti in Rome.
Inspired by Victor Hugo’s literary achievements and Doodles?
"“Notre-Dame de Paris is, in particular, a curious specimen of this variety. Each face, each stone of the venerable monument, is a page not only of the history of the country, but of the history of science and art as well.”"-Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame Share
You can help to repair the Notre Dame cathedral by making your tax deductible donation to Friends of Notre Dame here. Notre Dame Cathedral Doodle by @blessyart
How do educational technologies shape the leaders of tomorrow?
Brittany Ballou, elementary school educator, knows she is helping students prepare for jobs that don’t even exist yet. She believes it is her job as a teacher to set her students up for success in their futures, and bringing technology into her curriculum plays a significant role in that.
In this Teacher Spotlight, Brittany gives us the inside scoop on her experience with techy tools in the classroom, and how these tools are having a positive impact on learning amongst her students.
Thanks so much for taking the time to meet with us, Brittany. Can you please tell us about yourself, your school, and some of your goals as an educator?
I am a K-5 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) teacher at Grange Hall Elementary School of Chesterfield County Public Schools. I had the privilege of helping establish the STEAM program in the fall of 2017, and prior to that I taught 5th grade as well as 4th and 5th grade gifted math and science.
"My classroom is best described as organized chaos where students are laughing, learning, and building!" Share
I believe in ditching the worksheets and focusing on inquiry learning as students explore through project based education. Students are tasked with a problem in which they develop a solution by going through the engineering design cycle.
Students work collaboratively to create plans, build prototypes, test, improve, and present their findings, as well as reflect on the whole project. This approach to learning also gives students an opportunity to see how their knowledge and skills can be applied to a multitude of careers in STEAM fields.
What notable benefits have you found using the 3Doodler Start pens with your students?
I have found numerous benefits through adding 3Doodler pens into my classroom, most notably being that it bridges the gap between all ability levels. Students are highly engaged when using the technology, no matter if they have no prior experience with 3D printing, nor if they have used a variety of 3D printing tools. The easy-to-use pen allows me to differentiate lessons for my gifted students, students with Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs), and multiple learning types.
In fact, the first time I used 3Doodler pens I was blown away at how quiet my room was. To me, quietness in a classroom is a bad thing because it means students are probably not engaged, collaborating, or they are laboring over a test of some sort. However, in this situation it was quite the opposite. Students were so engaged with their 3D pens that they didn’t have time to be bothered to talk with their teammates! It was such an eye-opening moment in my classroom as I saw them grow as learners who could work hard both individually and as a group.
What subjects have you used the 3Doodler Start pens in?
I strongly believe that 3Doodler pens can be used across all subject areas! Personally, being a STEAM teacher, I tend to focus my lessons in math and science. The 3Doodler pens provide an avenue for me to seamlessly integrate the arts in with them.
"I want students to see that what they are learning in school is not isolated by subject matter, but all interconnected, just like their future careers." Share
Can you give some examples of lessons you have administered that integrate 3Doodler pens?
My favorite lesson that used 3Doodler pens was my Food Chain Project. In 4th grade we reviewed all the parts of a food chain before students got into groups and began researching food chains of their own. They were given the following problem.
“The kindergarten teachers want you to teach their students about different food chains. Can you make 3D animals that will attach to pencils that you can use like puppets to teach the students about the flow of energy?”
As a group they conducted research and determined what food chain they wanted to make. Each student was responsible for a different animal in the food chain. They drew their animal and traced it with the 3Doodler pen. Once they finished Doodling their animal, we turned it into a pencil topper by hot gluing the animal to a pipe-cleaner, which wrapped around their pencil. Students wrote scripts to record videos in FlipGrid, so the kindergarten teachers could show their students.
I have had 2nd grade students Doodle snowflakes and turn them into jewelry, I’ve had 3rd graders make and test bubble wands, and my 5th graders built dream catchers. I love how 3Doodler pens are so versatile and provide students of all grade levels with an opportunity to learn the basics of 3D printing!
What other EdTech do you use in the classroom?
I’m constantly trying to look for the newest EdTech to enhance my students’ learning experiences. I currently have the following technologies incorporated in my classroom lessons: 3Doodler pens, Wonder Dash robots, Sphero SPRK+, Lego WeDo 2.0, iPads, Osmos, green screen materials, Ozobots, WowWee Coji robots, 3D printers, Botley robots, Code and Go Mice, and Breakout EDU kits.
How have other educational technologies enhanced learning amongst your students?
Beyond 3Doodler pens, I created 2nd grade lesson plan reviewing the concept of digital and analog clocks. To get students moving beyond a worksheet, they received multiple clocks that needed to have their times matched. Afterwards they used Code and Go Mice to code the mouse to “pick up” the times at the end of the maze. This easy lesson combined a multitude of curriculum standards, including elapsed time, coding, collaborating with others, and problem solving. This type of lesson occurs all of the time in my classroom with the EdTech we available.
How do you feel that EdTech is impacting the students of today for the jobs of tomorrow?
We are fortunate enough to teach in a time period where technology is abundant. I constantly tell my parents that we are helping students prepare for jobs that don’t even exist yet, so it is our job as teachers to lay the groundwork to prepare them. For example, while I am by no means a coder, I fully feel that it is my responsibility to teach my students how to code. I feel lucky enough that the EdTech exists that will teach my students and me at the same time!
Before I received 3Doodler pens, I had no previous experience with 3D printing. 3Doodler pens taught my students the basics of 3D printing through a hands-on experience that I would never have been able to teach otherwise.
"When we moved onto TinkerCad and printing with our 3D printers, they gained a better understanding on how the design process worked on the computer." Share
I now have students who want to seek careers that use 3D printing, which would not have been the case without these experiences.
Would you like to share any successes from your classroom?
Since my instruction is guided through the engineering design process, students always create plans before they build. Oftentimes students feel confident in either the planning or building stage because they see themselves as either more artistic or more hands-on. The 3Doodler pens allowed me to transform this singular thought process for many of my students. For example, students who classified themselves as “bad artists” saw their plans transform into 3D masterpieces. The students no longer looked at themselves as unable to draw, but rather saw themselves as being capable of creating a plan and build.
I also teach some students who have limited vocabulary and tactile skills. The ergonomic design of the 3Doodler Start pen gives them an easy grip to be able to print on their own. Even though they are not able to describe their plans in detail, they are able to print exactly what they plan. The details are clearly shown in their final product!
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Dr. Erin Harmon, Ph.D., is a professor of Biology at Sage College in Albany, NY. In her Anatomy and Physiology lab, she instructs students to explore the human body through innovative hands-on learning – and her primary tool for doing so is the 3Doodler Create+ pen!
We had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Erin about her teaching modality, and here is what she had to say.
What prompted you to start using 3Doodler Create+ pens in your college laboratory activities?
The first time I heard about 3Doodler pens, I was fascinated by the technology. It was only a little while before I came up with a way to incorporate it into my classroom. I quickly realized that it was ideal for teaching students in my Anatomy and Physiology lab how skeletal muscle attaches bone.
Can you please describe, in detail, the technique that you’re using with students in the Anatomy and Physiology lab?
"In my classes I ask students to work together in pairs to draw a series of muscles on a plastic skeleton. The details of this lab were recently featured in Course Hero’s Best Lesson Series."-Dr. Erin Harmon Share
In my classes I ask students to work together in pairs to draw a series of muscles on a plastic skeleton. The details of this lab were recently featured in Course Hero’s Best Lesson Series.
Each group of students is given a 3Doodler Create+ pen, a Wellden half-size skeleton, and approximately 1 strand of PLA plastic per muscle they are creating. Along with these materials, students are given a list of muscles and their origin and insertion points. With the skeleton as a base, students use the Create+ pens to draw muscles on the skeleton. Deeper muscles are drawn first, while more superficial muscles are drawn later. The PLA plastic adheres nicely to the Wellden skeleton, but can be easily removed at the end of lab, and re-used by other students.
We found that it takes approximately 2 hours for students to Doodle 12-15 muscles.
What advantages has this modality provided, as opposed to other methods you have used in the past?
The 3Doodler Create+ pens bring skeletal muscle anatomy to life for students. Students taking Anatomy and Physiology at The Sage Colleges are expected to learn the origin and insertion sites for 40-50 muscles. A given muscle will attach to a set of bones in at least 2 places, and many muscles attach in multiple sites. Historically, the hardest part of this lab for students is learning all these sites of attachment.
In the past, we have had students research and give presentations on subsets of muscles. We also had labs in which students drew muscles on 2D paper skeletons. While this engaged students somewhat, we were limited by the 2-dimensional nature of paper, as many muscles and their bony connections are best appreciated in 3D. I’ve heard of teachers having students build muscles on 3D skeletons using colored tape or clay. While I have not tried these methods myself, I imagine that each of these materials have their drawbacks.
With the 3Doodler Create+ pens, it was very easy for students to draw muscles on skeletons in 3D. The technology allowed students to appreciate how muscles overlap with each other. Additionally, by drawing out the muscles, students are able to better visualize the consequence of individual muscle contraction on skeletal movement to the rest of the system.
What are the impacts it has had on your students’ learning experiences?
Using the Create+ pens makes for engaging and memorable lab time.
Students are excited to use this new technology to draw muscles in 3D. Many students have said that they will “never forget” some of the muscles they Doodled. That was my exact hope – that by visually and mechanically engaging students during their learning process, it would solidify the memories of the muscles.
What was the feedback from the students on learning in this new way?
I had a lot of positive feedback on this lab.
At first, some students were apprehensive when I told them they were going to be drawing muscles (particularly science minded individuals, those that do not consider themselves very artistic). However, the pens are very easy to use, and students caught on quickly.
The first year we tried this lab, we bought just a few pens, and students worked in groups of 4. The main feedback I got that year was that students wanted more pens! The following year we did just that. We added more pens and skeletons to the lab to allow students to work in smaller groups.
Students found this muscle lab to be very engaging. One student wrote that “this method helped my classmates and me visualize the muscles and their locations more easily.” Another student called it “the most memorable lab [of the year].” That sounds like success to me!
How can you see other teachers benefiting from using this technique?
This is a great lab, and it was very affordable. After our purchase of the pens and skeletons the first year, the only subsequent yearly costs are the inexpensive plastics.
Could you recommend some tips and tricks to other educators on how to get started in the classroom using a technique like yours?
The detailed step-by-step instructions of this lab (including muscles to draw and their recommended order) are available on Course Hero. In combination with the Create+ pens, we recommend the Welden half size skeletons for their size and anatomical detail.
We’re seeing exciting advancements with 3D printing in the field of medicine. Do you feel like what you’re doing helps prepare students to enter into an ever-evolving medical setting?
I see benefit from this skeletal muscle lab for my all my students, especially those in physical education, exercise science, or those entering programs for advanced degrees in physical or occupational therapy and medicine.
I believe this is a great foundational lab for these students because it prepares them to better understand what is happening inside their bodies and muscle systems. It is also invaluable for their advanced study of human muscle and how skeletal attachment relates to movement.
It turns out that the Alice in Wonderland author was an artist in more ways than one.
Lewis Carroll, born as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, was indeed an avid Doodler. In fact, his original handwritten manuscript of Alice in Wonderland (1864) was riddled with Doodles of the story’s iconic characters.
When Lewis Carroll decided to publish his tale of Alice’s adventures, he brought on Punch magazine’s John Tenniel to illustrate the final publication. Carroll was quite invested in the specifics of how Wonderland was portrayed, so he played an influential role in Tenniel’s creative process.
Though it was Tenniel’s illustrations that made the final cut, Carroll’s original Doodles set the unique tone for the whimsical world of Wonderland.
"“Who are you?” said the Caterpillar. This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I—I hardly know, Sir, just at present—at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”"-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Share
Ekaterina Vladimirovna is a self taught artist who hails from Moscow, Russia. Her 3D pen sculptures are breathtaking, featuring webs of textures that create forms evocative of classical sculpture.
In addition to her accomplishments with the 3D pen for art, Ekaterina also integrates the 3Doodler pen into her homeschooling curriculum. In this interview, we discuss Ekaterina’s journey with the 3Doodler pen, the artists that influence her, and her experiences with 3D pens in at-home education.
Thank you for taking the time to meet with us, Ekaterina. Can you please introduce yourself?
Thank you for featuring me! I’m a stay-at-home mom with four children, and I am an at-home educator of mathematics and physics. My only artistic background is in interior design. At home, when I’m not homeschooling, I devote all of my free time to creativity. The 3Doodler pen is a much loved tool in our household.
Truly, you are a testament to the achievements someone can make in a short time just by reviewing our tutorials. Can you share more about your artistic process, as well as your inspirations?
I recently took up sculpture and learned how to Doodle with a 3D pen in about 6 months. I studied all of the 3Doodler tutorials and videos available on the 3Doodler website and YouTube, even before I got my 3D pen. By the time I picked up the 3Doodler pen, I already knew how to use it! My technique is to study first, then create. When I first held the 3Doodler in my hands, I immediately fell in love with the metal body, interchangeable nozzles, and also the foot pedal. 3D pens are powerful creative tools, and for me they are ideal for creating sculptures.
Do you have any suggestions for people new to Doodling?
For new users, I would recommend reviewing the Getting Started videos, and exploring the Hot Tips, which have great techniques for your projects. I personally studied all of the tutorials I could before I got my 3D pen, and reviewed them again once I was using the pen in real time. Practice Doodling with stencils to get used to the pen as an art medium.
For those who have an idea for a specific project, I suggest you imagine in detail how your Doodle will look once completed, then Doodle your dream into being. Create a custom stencil for your project, then build it up in 3D. Most importantly, look at the works of art that inspire you and learn from those pieces. Analyze the colors, shapes, and proportions.
Can you share some details about your experience using 3Doodler for at-home education?
For many reasons, my family chose homeschooling. I have been teaching my younger sons for 3 years. We are very pleased that this has become popular in Russia.
We have to meet various regulations for homeschooling, and the educational institution we homeschool through provides us with the necessary textbooks and online tests. I have the opportunity to regulate the pace of learning, which is fantastic.