SketchUp – An Introductory 3D Modeling STEM Activity For Your Classroom

Eric Westland

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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.

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November 2018