The 3DC.io app by 3D Creationist OÜ lets users easily create 3D models. Students can build, share, and even 3D-print their designs. 3DC uses basic shapes (cube, sphere, cylinder, cone) to create any 3D model. From the simplest design to the most complex objects, students can build their models by simply moving, rotating, and scaling primitive objects. They simply use the arrows around the shape to manipulate the object in the desired direction. Future updates will include additional shapes and ready-to-print models, as well as the option to share video playbacks of students’ creative process. Users will also be able to bend objects and animate their 3D models. 3DC is built for collaboration, so students can work on a large-scale project together in class. In addition, they can visit the online gallery to see what others are building. By completing a short online questionnaire, interested educators can download a sample lesson and see how 3DC can be incorporated as part of an innovative curriculum. Costs: App is free for iOS and Android, and as a Google Chrome add-on. 3DC PRO is available as a monthly or yearly subscription, with a free trial period.
The K–3 STEM Foundations project is developing NGSS-aligned curriculum units for K–3 students that connect science concepts and guided inquiry activities to reading/language arts, as well as health and wellness. The units are designed for use during class time or after school.
American Honda Foundation’s grants support educational programs that focus on the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); the environment; job training; and literacy. The foundation seeks proposals from pubic school districts, and private and public elementary and secondary schools with a program focused on scientific education for youth from birth to age 21.
The Scratch team in the MIT Media Lab is gearing up to release a new version of Scratch designed to work on mobile devices. The team is also working on a way to integrate the physical world with Scratch using what they’re currently calling a “Scratch Pad.”