During this course we're going to use Minecraft and 3D Printing to learn about methods of problem solving, structural engineering and take on a real challenge. You'll design structures in Minecraft with your classmates and 3D print your creations!
Complexity is Free
With subtractive manufacturing, complexity can get expensive and sometimes even impossible. Additive manufacturing means that we can now manufacture complex designs without much added cost or wastes.
Design Challenge: Straw Architecture
You have 100 straws, 3 rolls of tape and 60 minutes to create something awesome. Top team wins 3D Printed badge.
Today we've gone over mission briefing, learned about 3D Printing and completed our first design challenge.
Humans are the greatest builders on Planet Earth
Check out this construction site in Virtual Reality! Notice how much effort goes into preparing the foundation and all the materials/machines involved.
The Building Blocks of Structures
Design Challenge: Minecraft Bridge
Use Minecraft to build a bridge that uses beams, columns and trusses.
You've completed level 2!
Congratulations young wizard.
Design Thinking is a framework of thought that helps designers and creators solve problems.
Seek to understand who/what you're building for. This involves non-judgemental interviewing and discussion.
After empathizing, it's time to come up with a picture of your end users. Create a persona.
Time to brain storm ideas and concepts for the persona you previously defined.
Time to create mock ups and prototypes of your idea stage. Keep the prototypes simple.
Time to test your prototypes! Use feedback and ask questions about what did and did not work.
You've completed level 3!
Congratulations young wizard.
It's time to start your final project! Create a structure in Minecraft that uses the principles of structural engineering and is 3D Printable.
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