My students are one amazing group of bright accelerated math students who love to learn. These students love to learn math through use of math projects. Every chapter, I have them work on a math project that connects the concepts that they learn in the classroom to the real-world and makes math fun and engaging. I teach in a math block setting and the students are with me for about 88 minutes each day, and I have found that the more I engage the math material in a purposeful way, the more they excel.
The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics and that is how I want my classroom to be run with my students.
My students thrive on application of the math concepts that are taught through project-based learning. Having a 3D printer in my classroom will allow for my students to finally make connections between learning geometric formulas and how it directly can apply to real-world scenarios.
The materials for this project can be implemented throughout the school year with my students. One of the many ways I will use these materials is through a project that I created last year with my students called the Variable Vessel Volume Project and this year I want to take it to the next level of application through 3D printing. Students have to use a free online program called Tinkercad to design as if they are architects or engineers to create a new-age liquid container or water bottle using three three-dimensional shapes. The total volume must equal 350 mL which creates the challenge for students to create a container that fits this criteria and additional criteria for this project.
According to the Common Core Math State Standards, students need to know the formulas for the volumes of cones, cylinders, and spheres and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems in order to fully learn the material long-term.
The Variable Vessel Volume project will provide this for my students using the LulzBot Mini 3D printer. The LulzBot Mini 3D printer will help inspire future engineers, architects, and designers to take their education to the next level and make the necessary connections between math and real-world.
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