Wayne County High School students Erica and Monica Withers, both participants in the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts program, recently used multimedia resources to tutor elementary and middle-school students in a workshop on architectural design and 3D model building for Wayne County Schools’ 21st Century Summer Camp, May 20-24, 2013.
Using the Sketchup software program, students planned and made computer-generated 3D models of buildings they printed to card stock paper and assembled into a town they called, Dodecahedron City.
Formerly a Google product now owned by Trimble and renamed Sketchup Make, the program for both Windows and Mac comes in free and paid “Pro” versions available for download at the Sketchup website. Many schools are using Sketchup for education projects, and the Pro version (extra features include the capability to export .stl files for 3D printers) is also available free to schools who apply online. Students also used a resource called “Young Architect” to design and draw floor plans.
As an added feature of the project, Derek Phillips, a practicing local architect, visited with the students to share his professional perspective. At the end of the week the participating students took a tour through their town of Monticello, Kentucky, to identify different architectural styles.
Monica and Erica documented their excellent and comprehensive architectural project on video and uploaded it to our KET School Video Project website for sharing. What a fine example of students helping students learn about architecture and 3D modeling using free multimedia resources!