For Spring Break 2013, Fab Lab has developed a program called Musical Electronics that we are running at La Jolla Country Day as a partner in the UCSD STE[a+]M Initiative to integrate science, technology and creativity.
Students are learning about math, physics, engineering and technology while completing engaging hands-on activities. We are continuing to focus on a the utilization of a learning methodology that combines creativity and college preparatory learning in STEM topics.
In the 3D Modeling class, students participate in projects that engage them in learning about the role that 3D modeling plays in architecture, animation, design and engineering through hands-on projects.
We began by capturing a 3-dimensional scan of the students themselves, using 123Dapp, an Autodesk program that allows users to turn their cameras into 3D scanning devices. We took photos from all angles around the subject, then upload them to be stitched together and processed. The result was a 3D model of each student’s head that captured their likeness.
We then moved on to learning how to modify and correct these models in a 3D modeling program called Blender. We utilized 123D ‘Creature’ to access a library of animals, objects and avatars, choosing ones that we liked. We were given a design challenge that involved making interlocking parts – we adhered our heads to Lego-style bases that connected correctly with interlocking parts on the different creature bodies, thereby allowing us to do our ‘creature mash-up’, and place our heads on a variety of silly bases.
Finally, we created animations and learned how to render and export our final designs.