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What’s new in BE3D Academy

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Jan Sudik
Product Marketing Director
BE3D Academy is an online collection of 3D lesson plans, designed by educators, for educators. This library of lesson plans is always growing, and here we highlight another five of our premium content resources.
 

Make it easy

Teaching comes with so many challenges, one being the vast amount of planning and research you need to fit into very little time. Our 3D printing resource, BE3D Academy, was created to help teachers bring core STEAM subjects to life with ease. Each of our 3D lesson plans offers a variety of tools including 3D model files, videos, student worksheets, pop quizzes and presentations to introduce a project to students. Making it easy to teach in 3D, our lesson plans are ISTE standard compliant and teacher tested.
 
The materials available are an everyday teaching tool which cover essential learning areas. BE3D Academy helps you to deepen your students’ understanding and engagement in STEAM subjects while developing key problem-solving skills. In fact, many teachers are using them for remote instruction, and we are happy that we can provide this resource to all teachers, even those who are not customers! But we provide our YSoft BE3D eDee customers premium 3D lessons and models and here are the next five we’ve just uploaded.

High five

With lessons searchable by subject and age, it has never been easier to teach using 3D printing. The five premium lessons we are highlighting today are detailed below, with information on how they support each of the STEAM subjects.
 
Birdhouse
Students are challenged to design, print and assemble their own birdhouse. Making decisions and researching the species of bird they are creating their birdbox for leads to consideration of animal needs, size and location requirements. Such details will include how the structures are supported through to the size and number of entry holes. Once designed and assembled, students will monitor the use of their birdhouse and track progress, developing their observation, research and analytical skills.



  
SCIENCE Looking at ornithology to choose and research a species of bird. Follow up analytics and observations.
TECHNOLOGY Designing and using CAD software as well as DeeControl, the layering software that comes with the BE3D eDee printer.
ENGINEERING Prototypes, material selection and problem solving. Students become familiar with ways that engineering expertise and approaches can be applied to natural systems.
ART Creativity in design.
MATH Calculating the sizes and angles of the structure as well as scaling.

Medals
In this premium lesson plan, students discuss the use of medals, from commemorating events through to recognizing achievement. They go on to design and create a medal of their choice, fine tuning the design.


 
SCIENCE Learning about materials.
TECHNOLOGY Designing and using CAD software as well as DeeControl, the layering software that comes with the BE3D eDee printer.
ENGINEERING Problem solving and understanding materials.
ART Creativity in design.
MATH Calculating sizes, angles and gaps. Also support ordinal number learning and shapes.

Tensegrity


This lesson teaches the concept of tensegrity. The arrangement of strings puts the force on the center string which is essentially hanging — the force is pulling the string down. The other three strings keep the structure from tipping over in any one direction. Also known as a Floating Compression, this is a fantastic teaching resource for a wide number of STEAM subjects.
 
SCIENCE Physics and tension. Links to biology through bio-tensegrity.
TECHNOLOGY Designing and using CAD software as well as DeeControl, the layering software that comes with the BE3D eDee printer.
ENGINEERING Problem solving and design skills. Understanding of structural tension, mechanical stability and material properties.
ART Creativity in design and looking for structures in the world using this concept.
MATH Understanding angles, shapes and structures. Including prisms, icosahedra and geodesic domes.

Galton Board


Also known as the bean machine or quincunx, students will design and create a probability machine which demonstrates the statistical concept of normal distribution. Balls drop through an array of pegs through which they have a 50/50 chance of going left or right at each point. They drop into bins and are collected there, and the heights of the accumulated balls in each bin approximate a bell curve. This gives an example of how statistics governs normal life. By planning, editing and printing designs of their own Galton Board, students are gaining valuable hands-on experience and watching math in motion. Teachers can take this lesson one step further by challenging them to develop expectations and make changes such as tilting the board or using different sized balls.
 
SCIENCE Physics, experiment, predictions and analysis.
TECHNOLOGY Designing and using CAD software as well as DeeControl, the layering software that comes with the BE3D eDee printer. Students will be able to use technology to support them when analyzing data.
ENGINEERING Designing and problem solving. Engineering design process.
ART Creativity in design.
MATH Probability, bell curve showing normal distribution, Pascal’s Triangle, Binomial coefficients, Powers of 2, Powers of 11, Square Numbers, Prime Numbers, Fibonacci Sequence, Sum of Squares.

Puzzle cube


Focusing on mathematics, students develop and design a puzzle box, also known as a magic cube box or Soma cube. The puzzle cube is made up of various interconnecting pieces, which when placed together correctly, form a perfect cube shape. Creating this solid dissection puzzle invented by Piet Hein in 1933 requires calculation and problem-solving skills.
 
Exploring volumes of cubes students will go through a series of mathematical calculations to help them to design and 3D print a puzzle cube. This premium lesson is a great way to develop students’ spatial reasoning and logical thinking skills as well as persistence. Taking this lesson further, students can set statistical challenges for classmates, as well as record and analyze data.
 
SCIENCE Learning about materials.
TECHNOLOGY Designing and using CAD software as well as DeeControl, the layering software that comes with the BE3D eDee printer.
ENGINEERING Problem solving.
ART Creativity in design.
MATH Probability, spatial reasoning and dimensional analysis, measurement exercises and building geometric understanding, shapes, sorting, nets, 2D and 3D shapes / geometry, volume, surface area.
 

Next level learning

Using the premium materials available in BE3D Academy can take your students’ learning to the next level. These five lesson plans cover key elements of the curriculum and bring them to life. Making it easy to get to grips with the technology and using an out-of-the-box lesson plan means you can have more time to do the important job of teaching while engaging your students in fun projects that teach, challenge and entertain.
 
 
You can find out more about how Y Soft supports teaching using 3D here.
 
Jan Sudik
Jan Sudik
Jan leads Y Soft’s hardware product strategy & execution. This includes supporting YSoft SAFEQ, YSoft OMNI Series and the expansion of our card reader business. He also drives the company’s YSoft BE3D 3D printing solution. In addition to his professional life, Jan enjoys his large family that includes 4 kids, and cats while occasionally cycling and doing other kinds of sport. As a guy, he does like technology, cars, fast cars, and racing.
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