This week the students started using the 3D printer and the raspberry pi's. The goal for this week was to introduce the students into new technology. In order to use less supplies I split the students into 2 separate groups. This week we also had two field trips in the class, so there was only three days of instruction. For their groups I put them into pods so that they could work together and encouraged them to ask each other and use the internet as a resource before asking me.
The first day the students split into their groups. I used the prepared packets to get the 3D printing students started and then focused on the students building the raspberry pi's. They absolutely loved building the raspberry pi's, and we spent the first 90 minutes building and getting them connected. The 3D printing students made it through the tutorials and started working on their trophy design.
The second day of instruction the raspberry pi group started with the Minecraft tutorial. Most of the students had played Minecraft and were slightly disappointed that you couldn't play in survival mode. The students were often frustrated with the tutorial, but I encouraged them to try and think about the opportunities that come from programming. The 3D printing students finished their trophy design and started the design of their individual projects that they were going to print.
The third day of instruction the raspberry pi group wrote at least 2 lines of their own code, and then sketched a prototype of what they are going to design and then create it in Minecraft. This activity went well although I wanted the students to stretch their imagination more than I was seeing on paper. The 3D printer was amazing to have in the classroom and students really enjoyed watching it print. Some things for the first day were to use Makerbot after Tinkercad to convert the file from a stl to X3 for the printer. The other key piece of information is to do a light layer of glue on the platform.