Students in Mr. Xenakis’ World History classes recently designed their own 3D models of castles as part of a medieval European history unit. They began the activity by viewing a video about the elements of a well-engineered medieval castle. They were then shown how to use the tools in Trimble Sketchup’s free online 3D modeling app. Students who felt comfortable using the app designed 3D models of their castles. Other students chose to create castle blueprints or simply sketched their castles. A few students were allowed to design castles from within the game Minecraft.
The two accompanying images are screenshots of two students’ 3D models.
Gavin Schlosser created the castle with the drawbridge and moat.
These students did a great job, especially when considering that they were new to the 3D modeling app and had limited time to complete the assignment. Many of their castles’ details were difficult to produce for novices. Thanks to all students for their extraordinary effort during this activity.
This is a perfect example of how Admiral Farragut Academy interweaves STEM into multiple curriculums!