In our last Object of the Week before the Summer break, we are featuring this fun Tetrahedron Puzzle shared on YouMagine by Obolski.
This simple geometric puzzle would work well with the “Describe & Draw It” activity and can be followed up with students trying to solve the puzzle. The puzzle is a good manipulative for quizing students on 2D and 3D shapes and angles, e.g. how many shapes can you find, what angles can you see etc.
Following this, students could undertake the “Improve It” activity and design and 3D print their own geometric puzzles, creating different shapes that will stack together to make a single shape. This could be followed with the “Advertise It” activity.
The Tetrahedron Puzzle works well as an object to use with the following Object of the Week activities:
- Describe & Draw It
- Improve It
- Advertise It
Download the Object of the Week Teacher Guide and accompanying resources to find out more.
About Object of the Week
“Object of the Week” is a fully resourced open-ended classroom project developed by the Create Education Project to provide regular opportunities throughout the year for students to explore the world of 3D printing.
A series of stand-alone classroom activities have been developed to support the project. The activities allow students to:
- use their imagination
- develop speaking and listening skills
- develop descriptive and creative writing skills
- be creative
- develop research, evaluation and presentation skills
- explore future careers
- learn how real life problems are solved
- develop their own solutions
The open-ended activities are designed to be cross-curricular, for use across of range of ages/levels and weekly objects are selected to cover a range of applications and subject areas. Some objects may provide a platform for introducing or expanding on a specific topic area or as a springboard to a class project. Ideas for taking it further will be provided where applicable.
Resources include a comprehensive Teacher Guide which provides an overview of each activity and suggestions for how to deliver the activity in class. PowerPoint Interactive Classroom Activity Slides and a set of Student Worksheets are also available to support the activities. These resources can be downloaded by clicking the links in the right column.