With my students are all stuck at home, I’ve been thinking of engaging things they can do. I think the most valuable thing my Intro to Engineering students can learn is how to do CAD, since we have several computer-controlled machines in the lab at school, that we’ll presumably return to at some point. While we’d normally use Inventor at school, I’ll probably switch to OnShape since computers at home vary. I typically do a laser cut mini sumo robot in this class, with students working in pairs. But, working from home, I think it will have to be individual.
I was thinking students could design things, and then I could print them all myself at home, and film and/or photo the prints, so students can see this is not just a virtual model on a computer screen, it’s a real thing now. And then whenever school resumes, I could distribute the prints to the students. I think running the prints would keep me entertained as well.
My trouble is, what should I have them design? I was thinking they could all make a different piece of some larger thing, or something with a standard format where they all fit together, or something with a certain theme. I think in any case there needs to be some standard design/size guidelines. I’d like the project to incorporate some creativity and customization so that I’m not printing a bunch of the same thing, but I’d also like it to involve some degree of precision measurement and design, and not just a CAD free-for-all of randomly sketching and extruding things.
These are students in grades 9 through 11 who are stuck at hone and have limited experience with Autodesk Inventor, but do have some experience with Vex robots. There are about 60 students total. I don’t mind printing nearly 24/7 but realistically I think 1-2 parts per student is the max I’d want to do.
So, long story short, what should I have them design? Any ideas @mpirringer