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Sketchup and Sam Animation

Written by David on June 18th, 2012.      0 comments

I was working with Maureen at Valley School today.  We have been working on a project for the R@W awards.  Some of her students have been working with Google Sketchup to create an animated fly through of the Olympic podiums that they have designed.  It has been really interesting to watch students struggle with scale, some of their awards structures were nearly 1000 feet long!  But they had no grasp of this in their models as they had no scale frame of reference to refer to.  We had forbidden them from downloading models pre-created in the 3D warehouse.  Perhaps if we had allowed this, the scale issue would have been spotted earlier.

Whilst students were creating a 3D world in Sketchup, others were displaying the patience of a Saint by using Sam Animation to create stop motion videos of Olympic events.  It never ceases to amaze me how creative and motivated students are when teachers allow them to be. This is how every class should be, hot beds of creativity, engagement and motivated students!

Below are a couple of videos from today to give a glimpse of what is about to be published from room 4 at Valley School.





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