My students need to try out this new technology with a unit in botanical illustration using 3D pens to learn about the earth and what grows on it.
My students eat their breakfast at school each morning before they come to my class. Fuel in their bodies makes them ready to learn and start the day. The school serves free breakfast for 85% of the students, and they get to the school early to eat the breakfast that they don’t get at home.
These students are 11 and 12-year-old boys and girls, growing, trying, experiencing, experimenting, challenging, and ultimately becoming educated in my classroom.
My classes are all year so I can work with these students in depth with technology, get to know their strengths and weaknesses, and see their creativity develop as their experience with art increases.
They are in uniform, and some kids have uniforms that fit and are clean and others have uniforms that are too big, too small, and don't really look clean. The majority of kids are happy and energetic and ready to learn. Some students have trouble staying awake and staying focused.
This STEAM: math-art-technology project will have students learning about botanical illustration, plants and then using 3D pens to draw them 3d. They will use this new technology to draw plants they are studying in real space, giving them the characteristics they have in real life, in real space.
Each student in the class will study botanical illustration and take the drawings off the book pages into real space and time with 3D pens by drawing the flowers and plants as they are in nature before making, creating their own designed, hybrid plants.
Students will use this technology to creatively learn about the plants around them by noticing details about what makes each plant unique. They will do research on the internet with the class set of iPads. A step after copying and learning about the plant will have them invent and create their own hybrid plants that they will make by drawing in air with the 3D pens. Being able to draw off the paper will be exciting way for students to learn with this new technology of the future. What they will learn will put them ahead using new technology and they will also have a step up in high school having learned about life science.
The first botanical illustration will be of California's habitat that they will illustrate with the 3D pens. This technology requires decipline and patience to get results. These are skills that they will need in their future career endeavors.
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