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Technology, SketchUp, Build-A-Thon, & Training Teachers

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Keystone Science School will be hosting a teacher training on Friday, March 16th on the utilization of SketchUp a 3D modeling software. Click on the link to learn more.

Technology, SketchUp, Build-A-Thon, & Training Teachers

Keystone Science School teaches a wide variety of programs and many of them are focused on getting our students outside and engaged with the outdoors. It’s our mission to inspire curiosity and critical thinking through the lens of science. Given our background within outdoor and environmental education we often have a great deal of conversation about technology. With our society being more connected to technology we often strive to detach students. While this is one school of thought, we also understand that technology can be an amazing tool allowing for people to communicate, design, and make our world a better place.

At Keystone Science School we strive to use technology as a tool and a supplement to our programming. One of our newly adopted tools is a 3D modeling software designed by SketchUp. The technology allows students to create 3D models of almost anything they want. They can see all aspects of an object and change the colors, texture, and materials used to create the object. The software even allows a student to share their ideas within a virtual reality platform.

We will be partnering with SketchUp for our Girls in STEM: Build-A-Thon held at Keystone Science School on Saturday, March 17th. The student program is open to any female student currently enrolled in grades 3-9th grade. Check out our blog specifically on the Girls in STEM program to learn more.

Working with students is just one form of Keystone Science School programming. We have also partnered with SketchUp to provide a training to any classroom teacher. The teacher training session will be on March 16th and will be held at EVO3 Workspace in Frisco. The SketchUp training is welcome to any classroom teacher or adult interested in learning how to use SketchUp as a training tool with a group of students. Teachers will learn the tricks of the trade from SketchUp about how to use 3D modeling software in the classroom. SketchUp software has recently created a cloud-based application so the software can be used in any classroom with a laptop, Chromebook, or iPad. The software is changing how students can go from a conceptual idea to a design, which can be easily demonstrated and shown to classmates, teachers, parents, and other collaborators. There is a small fee of $25 for the training and lunch is­­ included. You can find more information on the KSS webpage