Attendees really enjoyed the tutorials and the software encourages their natural creativity! We found that once started, kids were quick to start “off-roading” away from the defined tutorial steps and enthusiastically explored what they could build from their own imagination. This also works well as the tutorials are clearly explained so kids can always finish the tutorials on their own at home or at another session. The most important thing is that kids had great fun and stayed engaged! That said we did have a couple of dojo ninjas who completed the Tinkercad tutorial and was awarded their Tinkercad Credly badges. Congratulations!
What could make the session even livelier? Cool 3D gadgets! We had two 3D printers at the session that were kept busy for the evening printing up 3D objects that the kids created. Many thanks to parent, Tom Glynn and Autodesk representative, Sarah O’Rourke for bringing the printers and to Ethan for managing the print jobs! Kids delighted in watching the 3D printers operate and learning about how they worked. Tom also brought other 3D printed objects for the kids to check out. Kids LOVED printing the objects they created in Tinkercad! Natalie thoughtfully created a 3D print of her little brother’s name since he couldn’t make it to the session and Aidan printed the house he created from the tutorial.
If that wasn’t awesome enough, parent Jason Sosa added to the excitement of the evening by bringing a 3D Structure Sensor made by Occipital that attached to an iPad, and he helped kids make 3D images of themselves that were emailed to them for their own use. There was not enough time to print these 3D images during the session, but after five hours of printing, Ethan brought his “mini me” to the next session to show us how it came out. Here are Ethan and Jason showing us the before and after results. What do you think of the likeness?
Dojo ninjas had a chance to present the projects they had worked on for the evening near the end of the session. We had a wonderful variety of inventive designs and a crowd of eager participants wanting to share their creations! Alexander was a fantastic emcee for our session holding the mic for our presenters so that they could have their hands free to show their project and asking numerous questions to help them show their projects off to maximum advantage! At TriV, we try to involve our kids in as many aspects of the club as we can. Great job, Alexander!
There were so many marvelous creations made during this session. We wish we had more pictures of them all! We look forward to having more sessions on Tinkercad and seeing what other wonderful things our ninjas come up with!