Hello phase 2 class! I hope you enjoyed designing lego on the computers for a change! Last class was meant to open your minds to many possibilities of design. For homework (if possible) youre all supposed to design your own lego set of the LDD program. During the last class you will get an opportunity to build the set in real life. Make sure you use the selection of same pieces that we have in class.
The picture is an example of the set you build in class but I’ve expanded it for greater movement. Its up to you guys to do the same! Build a design and try and use your knowledge youve learnt in class!
Sorry for arriving late. This week we were introduced to Lego Digital Designer which we can build lego on our computer. It is the same process as we follow the actual building steps. Except finding the right brick is the challenge part, because we have access to all type of bricks on the computer. We just need more time and be more patient. On one hand, it will save parents a lot of money from buying all the bricks and instruction, the other hand is that kids can be more creative on free roam build without any instructions. In the end, LDD is a helpful tool to save money and time and still have fun with Lego.
LDD is a really money saving program that we can build Lego on our computer. One thing that is not too convenient is that we can’t actually play with our finishing project which most of the kids don’t like including myself. Since students have their parent with them to help, we have done a good job. Everyone followed up and understand the how to find the pieces they want and how to connect it. We now have a concept on how to use LEGO Digital Designer and help our parents to save some money.
Phase II is the middle-level class of Play2Learn Education Lego Challenge Program. In the next 8 weeks, the students will have good opportunities to learn and practice the basic mechanical mechanisms including lever, wheel and axle, pulley, wedge and screw.
We started the Phase II by the LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) class. The main reason is we would like to teach the student the skills to use the LDD so they can have more time to do their own Lego designs. The LDD program allows users to build models using virtual Lego bricks, in a computer-aided design like manner. We taught the students the basic skills to use LDD, such as how to pick parts, how to save the file, how to rotate part, etc. The students get familiar enough with it after some instructions and practice. They were then requested to build a screw model in LDD following a step by step booklet. The STEM information behind this section is the computer-aided designs, which is common in industry designs every day. All students got a good practice with LDD, and they were ready to design their customized models.
Today we started the kids on Lego Digital Designer (LDD) a 3D Computer Aided Design program that allows kids to design lego sets without having to purchase lego directly. The students initially had some problems locating the parts however they quickly started to grow accustomed to the menus and as it is their first time working with the program it will take time to get accustomed to it.
Next week we are building a crane
The topic of today is to build a screw using the LEGO Digital Designer (LDD). LDD is a freeware computer program produced by the Lego Group. It is available for macOS and Windows. The program allows users to build models using virtual Lego bricks, in a computer-aided design like manner. The usage of the LDD is pretty straightforward, and students get familiar enough with it after some instructions and practice. They were requested to build a screw model in LDD following a step by step booklet. The STEM information behind this section is the computer-aided designs, which is common in industry designs every day. All students got a good practice with LDD, and they were ready for the assignment to design a customized model.
The topic of today is to continue the LEGO Designs since the last class. The students used the Lego Digital Designer (LDD) to build models using virtual Lego bricks, in a computer-aided design like manner. The assignment they had after the last class is to design their own Lego models, thus they can build their designs during the class. Half students didn’t do their designs, the other half’s designs couldn’t be built due to Lego part limitation. The lesson we gained of class 8 is we should give the student more time to finish their designs, thus we decided to make the Lego design as the first class of Phase II.
The reflections of Phase II: the intention to help the students to learn more STEM knowledge is good, but limited model building portion of the class will cause nothing but boredness. We should get rid of boring class such as the principal model and teach the principle model concept in every class separately.
The LDD Design with a personal computer is usually a difficult class for the kids to understand, but I was really happy to see them performing well. Some of the kids had also practiced at home before coming to class which was great. The LDD software allows them to make computer models of their projects which they can easily manipulate and test. Next week is the last class of the term, and the kids will be instructed to use their imagination to build what they like. They can work individually or in teams again, and in the end they will receive their certificates for passing this phase.