If you could create a colony on the moon, what would be on it? What would it look like? These are the questions 4th grade students were asked at Mt. Hope STEAM school. Students drew pictures of their moon colonies, then took those photos and made 3 Dimensional renditions of their moon colonies using Google Sketch Up.
Kids had a great time playing and exploring. Their favorite tool was the “Push/Pull” button, which lets them create 3D objects. They also quickly discovered the object library, where they could insert objects into their drawings. They also could change the texture of their buildings – brick, gravel, stone, even water!
Sketch Up is an incredibly powerful tool, but also was pretty fun and easy to use. The students really liked being able to see their fictional moon colony turned into a 3D image. They liked being able to manipulate and personalize their buildings, also. With some guidance from me and the other teachers, students made some very creative moon colonies!