Here is a video tutorial I created that takes students mouse-click by mouse-click with SketchUp to build a 3D model of a pencil. The student is introduced to some of SketchUp’s basic tools and concepts including,
- Working in 3D space with primary views including Orbit, Zoom, Pan and standard isometric views.
- Basic tool commands including Line, Circle, Polygon, Scale and 3D Text.
- Trays including the Instructor and Material.
Highly relevant for STEM classes, this tutorial introduces any student into the world of 3D modeling. Easy enough for a third-grade student, yet a great entry activity for a high school student, students are guided through many of the basic tools and concepts used in all 3D modeling programs.
SketchUp is a free application for Windows and OSX. Chromebook/Tablet users can use the free web version (beta).
Teachers are provided with saved SketchUp files for each chapter of the lesson so if students get stuck at a particular spot, they can continue with a fresh, accurate file.