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Jennifer, @gr2ipadteacher
2nd grade teacher, Montclaire Elementary School, California
1:1 devices, Project-based classroom, and Blended learning classroom

We were looking for tools that would increase student engagement and add to teaching NGSS as we transition to these new science standards.

Product Use: I use Makers Empire to enhance students' ability to demonstrate understanding across a wide range of topics. As we work through different curriculum, including geometric shapes, things we're scared of, plants and insects, and engineering design challenges, students create 3D models related to the content. Students work both independently to create a product and in groups of 2 or 3.

What Worked and What Didn't: The app is very easy for students to use even at the 2nd grade level. It allows each student to personalize their product and be creative and work at different levels of complexity. We use the app to create 3D products that are printed as well as those that are not, but still viewed in 3D on the iPads. Collaboration and communication skills are practiced and improved when students build together.

The character models provided in the app are not geared for young children.

Age Group: Elementary school students

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