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Project Ignite
by Autodesk
GRADES / Elementary (Grades K-4), Middle School (Grades 5-8), High School (Grades 9-12), Higher Education

Electronics, 3D design, and 3D printing projects for the classroom

Overview

Project Ignite allows students of all ages to have hands-on experience in 3D design, programming, and to make their own 3D printing projects or electronics in the classroom or at home. Students use two software -- “Tinkercad” or “123D Circuits” (provided by Project Ignite) to create their project digitally, and physically build their project via a 3D printing machine or electronic kit. “Tinkercad” and “123D Circuits” are free to use, while the optional 3D printing machine and electronic kit can be purchased separately.

APPROACH

Project Ignite provides students two software tools -- “Tinkercad” and “123D Circuits” (both created by Autodesk) to make their own project. Tinkercad is a tool to create and print 3D models while 123D Circuits enables students to visualize and simulate electronic circuits. A 3D printing machine will be required to print the project created from Tinkercad while a hardware kit (e.g. Arduino Basic Kit) is needed to build the electronic device.

On Project Ignite’s website, teachers first create a class and add students. Teachers then choose a project provided by Project Ignite to add to the class. They can choose from a wide variety of ready-to-teach 3D printing, 3D modeling or electronics projects, such as “Building your own space station” and “Getting started with Electricity”. All available projects can be found here. Every project includes videos and step-by-step "lab" lessons, where instructions are integrated directly into Tinkercad and 123D Circuits apps for students to follow along. When selecting a project, teachers can search by type (3D design or electronics) or by difficulty of the project. As students make progress, a dashboard for teachers is also available to track student progress. Finally, teachers are supported with lesson plans and teacher documentation, along with educator trainings and PD materials.

Students join their classroom by entering their classroom code on Project Ignite’s website. After logging in, they choose the project assigned by their teacher and simply follow along the instructions provided by Project Ignite to create their own project.

IMPLEMENTATION

Signing in to Project Ignite’s website allows students and teachers to use Autodesk’s Tinkercad and 123D Circuits software. No additional downloading is required. Hardware (3D printing machine or electronic kit) needed to physically build the projects must be purchased separately.

PRICING

All software (Autodesk's Tinkercad and 123D Circuits) is free, while optional hardware (e.g. Arduino Basic Kit for $84) can be purchased here.

WHO IS USING IT

According to the company’s website (as of October 2015), Tinkercad and 123D Circuits have over 200 million active users, with 25% (50 million) being students and teachers.

EDUCATOR REVIEWS

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Teacher Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
School Type: Middle School

I would provide more training for teachers to use the product. Just doing the same things as the kids is great, but actually walking it through with a person helps. I would also like the sets of Circuitscribes they integrated, so if that is part of the lesson content, there should be s...

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Teacher Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
School Type: Middle School

I would provide more training for teachers to use the product. Just doing the same things as the kids is great, but actually walking it through with a person helps. I would also like the sets of Circuitscribes they integrated, so if that is part of the lesson content, there should be s...

Daniel Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

Getting more standards to align. The lessons are for multiple grade levels so suggestions for integrating Math and NGSS strategies across grade levels will help. When a teacher sets an account he or she could click grade lev...

PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES

Audience

For Students For Students

Characteristics

Project-Based Learning Project-Based Learning

Subject Matter

Coding Coding
Electronics and Circuits Electronics and Circuits
Engineering Engineering