Explore Energy 3D~ Innovative Building Program~ Allows Students to "print out" their designs, cut out the pieces, and assemble them into a physical model.
"Energy3D presents an easy-to-use 3D user interface for designing and analyzing model green buildings. Students can quickly sketch up a house, a building, or even a village. They can then analyze solar heating of their structures using a helidon that can dynamically generate radiation heat maps. Energy3D allows students to "print out" a design, cut out the pieces, and use them to assemble a physical model. Energy3D is developed for children of age 6-18 and can be used in math, engineering, or physical science classes."
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"Our long-term vision is to develop a "smart" CAD tool that can generate dynamic, adaptive feedback (based on logging and analyzing student actions) to teach engineering design to K-12 students. This CAD tool will provide "big data" for understanding how students solve engineering design challenges and for investigating how their learning outcomes can be improved."
Sophia and Jocelyn tested this tool out today. Please click on the link below to view photos: