Time-lapse video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOy8Z-Ftdmg
These are little hexagons that you can connect together. They work great for making art pieces, place mats, or showing young children how hexagons fit together.
I will add a picture of the printed model in about a week's time.
I used OpenSCAD to make the model. I used for-loops for the connectors, and custom cylinders for the shapes.
Overview & Background
By completing this project, it can help kids to understand some basic geometry, and how hexagons relate. It can also be used as an art medium if printed in multiple colours
Students would be expected to learn some basic geometry, like how hexagons relate, and how to be creative with shapes.
This project was mostly intended for children at the elementary school level, but was also intended for anyone who just wants to create some art or put some blocks together.
This would most definitely be an Art and Math project.
Skills Learned (Standards):
Some skills earned could be things like basic geometry understanding; creative thought; or math skills, if used as addition tiles.
Group Build Activity
- Distribute pieces to all students or groups, depending on how many pieces you have
- Let them build for a set time
- Let students/groups share their design with the class
- Complete worksheet after (depending on age of the class) (may be substituted for class discussion)
15-45 mins depending on depth into activity, and student engagement. (print time not included)
Print off pieces ahead of time. Preferably during class time, a few days in advance, so students can learn about how 3D printing really works.
As a post a post-activity, try making a simple sheet with questions or have a class discussion about the activity.
Rubric & Assessment
Students should have made some sort of artwork or shape out of the blocks, and have participated in class discussion or worksheet