This Desk Buddy happily holds your school desk supplies! One files holds 2 erasers, 2 pencils, and your choice of 8 crayons/colored pencils/thin markers, while the other file will hold 2 erasers, 2 pencils and 2 highlighters. It was designed to be the cumulation of a classroom rewards system. (For example, rewarding reading or math facts or good behaviour) There is a small indented flat area on top of Desk Buddy's head so kids can easily create a workplane on top of it and create a "top-do" or hat or whatever they can imagine!
The filament we are currently running requires a slower print speed to print successfully, and so our Desk buddy took almost 5 hours to print.
Note that Desk Buddy himself does not need support. But your "top-do" design may.
I designed this in Tinkercad and put the small indentation in the top so kids can create a workplane there. Since the indentation is below the level of the top of the head, their additions will automatically intersect with the Desk Buddy's head, making it printable (albeit with possible support needed! Depending on the grandeur of their "top-do"!)
Classroom Desk Buddy Reward:
Since these cute little desk buddies take a while to print (4 to 5 hours on our printer), you don't want the entire class ready to print all at one time. Use Desk Buddy as the cumulation or reward for a classroom program (i.e. reading, book reports, good behaviour) The target audience is obviously elementary school. Younger kids can be paired with older kids to help out with the design of the "top-do".
Overview & Background:
By completing this project students will have a basic knowledge of how to create a workplane in Tinkercad and how to insert geometric shapes in Tinkdercad.
From participating in this project students will learn some basics of 3D design by using Tinkercad.
We recommend elementary school aged kids. K-2 kids will need an older kid partner to help them. Grades 3-5 should have the computer skills to complete the project themselves with minimal guidance.
Desk Buddy can be the reward for any type of project, be it reading, writing, math, history or science. The project itself is obviously geared toward 3D design and hence is more math and a very basic "intro to engineering" relating.
Skills Learned (Standards):
As listed above, skills gained are basic 3D modeling skills using Tinkercad.
Open the Tinkercad file (https://tinkercad.com/things/2THZUfNWmY1 OR https://tinkercad.com/things/16ScNBXA55N)
This video gives a quick overview of the below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZKWXSIJNjY
Click "w" on the keyboard (stands for Workplane)
Click on the small round flat spot on top of Desk Buddy's head.
Select geometric shapes from the right and drag them to Desk Buddy's head, click to insert.
Click and drag shapes until they are how you wish them to be. Make sure to not obstruct any of the holes for the erasers or pens/pencils/crayons.
Save file under a unique name for that student.
Have the person that runs the 3D printer prepare it for printing, using supports if necessary for the "Top-Do"!
Print, paint if desired, and have your students enjoy your Desk Buddy watching them and helping them do all their WORK! :)
Depending on how particular each student is, designing the "Top-Do" for Desk Buddy can take anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. Printing will take a lot longer -- 4 or 5 hours per Desk Buddy.
Students should have basic computer and computer mouse skills and a Tinkercad account available to them.
Rubric & Assessment:
See above. This is a reward project and as such is likely not graded.
Handouts & Assets:
None required other than the above mentioned youtube video instructional video.