Superellipse PicFrame by tca

This week we are featuring the Superellipse PicFrame, a stylish freestanding photo frame design shared on YouMagine by tca.

This object is a good example of how simple design solutions can be very effective and aesthetically pleasing. This product lends itself well to the¬†‚ÄúDescribe It‚ÄĚ and the ‚ÄúDescribe and Draw It‚ÄĚ activities, as without a¬†photograph in place it is not immediately obvious what the object is.

The¬†model can also be used as the starting point for a photo frame product design project. Students could start by recreating this design in CAD modelling software, then you can use the ‚ÄúImprove It‚ÄĚ activity as a starting point to design new freestanding photo frames. This could be followed up with the “Advertise It” activity.

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Suggested Activities

The Superellipse PicFrame works well as an object to use with the following Object of the Week activities:

  • Describe It
  • 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.

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