Workshop: Hillcrest Intermediate School

This past Friday, I had the privilege of teaching some 5th and 6th graders at Hillcrest Intermediate School about 3D.

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This was part of Mrs. Giran’s gifted STEM program, and it was a blast. I met at least two kids who use Blender, the notoriously difficult (but ridiculously powerful) 3D computer graphics program that I’ve spent the better part of 2014 trying to master. I met an aspiring animator who plans to delve into Toon Boom Animation, the industry standard for professional 2D animation software. Also, I received some really great questions. These are seriously cool kids!

Since this was part of a science class, I emphasized the science end of 3D. We squeezed as much stuff as possible in the hour we had for each session, but I think everybody wished we had more time to explore the various topics we covered.

Oh, and we also did some silly things. The science behind 3D gets a lot more interesting if you can also show how fun the result can be! Put on your red/cyan 3D glasses to see these videos in 3D:

A big thanks to Mrs. Giran and Hillcrest Intermediate School for bringing me in! It was a joy to interact with so many bright minds.

On a side note, if you’re a STEM educator, I highly recommend checking out Mrs. Giran’s blog, STEMming It Up with Mrs. Giran — it contains a lot of creative ideas for engaging kids with STEM.

 



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