We read Earthquake Terror first and we LOVED this book! It was so exciting! Then we began the Stranded Trilogy. In all of these books kids were stranded on their own and had to figure out how to survive.
After reading, the students created their own survival tool that could have been used to help the characters in the book. They each designed the tool, presented it to the class and explained how it worked and why it would be important to the characters in the stories. The class then voted on their favorite survival tool.
The favorite tool was the Telaporter 3000 created by Wil!
Mr. Wagner came to visit the class and he brought his 3D printer and showed the students how it worked. The class helped Mr. Wagner recreate Wil's design on the computer using 3D shapes. We were able to print out the Telporter 3000 right there in class! It turned out great! It was an exciting day!
We used Tinkercad to create the 3D project. This is a free site that anyone can use. You can login in and create and save anything you want! (If you login with my class account, it will save to my group and maybe we can print out some more things when the 3D printer comes back to our school!)
Here are some other resources for creating 3D objects to print:
Makerbot Printshop app-
Autodesk 123D Design for Education-
This app works a lot like Tinkercad does but it is for the iPad
If you are interested in reading other books about survival...here are some more great books to read!