Children learning model design

Going on my Children learning solids mission, it was time to show them about model designing.

I brought my notebook into the class, and introduce MilkShape 3D and Pepakura Designer to them. The main goal was to design, unfold and build a tooth paste tube.

They loved all process steps and contribute a lot during designing. The best moment was when they inferred that the tube can be represented as a cylinder with one end ‘smashed’.

Children learning solids

I was invited once again to teach some 6-7 y.o. children about geometric solids.

We’ve been talking about sphere, cylinder, cone, cube and parallelepiped. I taught them the basics and how to draw/represent them.

Unfolding a cone

Besides, we were focusing on a project where they’ll build a paper dinosaur. I told them about designing and unfolding and how to represent a complex surface using simple solids. E.g.: a dinosaur tail can be split into a cone and some truncated cones. The simply loved the idea!

I’ll tell you more on this story soon. Stay tuned :)

Pilar’s origami art

Pilar has always liked crafts and to do things with her hands. What fascinates her about origami is the fact that you start with a flat piece of paper and the results have no limits. She particularly likes the polyhedrons and 3D geometrical figures or modules, which are made with units that are folded in certain fashion and then assembled together.

Pilar's origami artPilar's origami art

She likes using tape to reinforce the modules; otherwise they would fall apart very easily. The units she makes are very sturdy and most of them have a loop, so you can hang the piece or just place it on a desk or shelf for decoration. She has all kinds of paper designs, colors, finishes and sizes. The more variety the merrier!

She also makes animals such as cranes, fish, sea horses, butterflies and such that she places on frames. Ideal to decorate a kid’s room or a kitchen or whatever you want!

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