STELLAR STEAMs Ahead with 3D Design Project

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Fourth-grade students at George Washington Elementary School have been engaging in a hands-on STEAM learning project that brings their ideas to fruition. The students, who are enrolled in the district’s STELLAR program (Success in Technology, Library, Literacy, Artistry and Research), designed and constructed their own roller coaster carts using laptops, Tinkercad software and 3D printers. 

Under the guidance of their teacher, Dara Perlow, each student created a cart that incorporated their own personal style. They started by learning the science behind roller coasters and the principles of physics involved. After the initial research, they built models from materials such as piping insulation and tape. They then took their innovations to the computer screens and utilized Tinkercad’s features to work on their three-dimensional designs and prepare them for the printer. 

Tinkercad presents an assortment of pieces and connectors that the students pieced together to form their structures. They added names for their designs and selected colors, shapes and decorations to make their carts unique. The projects involved much trial and error, and students learned from mistakes and found solutions to problems. In addition to the subjects of science, engineering and technology, the process tied in with math concepts such as geometry, symmetry, graphing and measurement.