Category: SketchUp

  • SketchUp Mars Rover Activity

    SketchUp is a 3D modeling software used by engineers, architects, and designers around the world. It is very powerful and can be used to build highly detailed models.

    This step-by-step worksheet guides novice SketchUp users as they build a 3D model of a Mars rover chassis and wheels. Each step has a clear explanation and screenshot. The model is basic so that students can concentrate on the core tools needed to be successful with SketchUp.

    This step-by-step guide works well with the companion slideshow, SketchUp Fundamentals – Mars Rover Edition.

    If your students enjoy building the rover chassis, consider adding the SketchUp Mars Rover Expansion Pack to your Mars unit. This add-on product builds on the rover chassis by adding a cargo box, passenger bench, dashboard, windshield, and steering wheel.

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  • Mars Rover Modeling worksheets

    This bundle has a detailed step-by-step guide to get students familiar with SketchUp. Students will model a simple chassis and wheels for their Mars Rovers. Once your fledgling engineers are comfortable with SketchUp, turn them loose to model the rest of the rover. If they need help or inspiration, they can use the Mars Rover Expansion Pack recipe cards. These provide sequenced steps to add a cargo box, bench, dashboard, and windshield.

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  • SketchUp Fundamentals – Mars Rover Edition

    Get your SketchUp users off on the right foot.

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    This presentation guides students through several fundamental tasks needed to learn the SketchUp application:

    • Setup toolbars and drawing settings
    • Draw lines, circles and arcs
    • Create 2D shapes: rectangles, circles, and polygons
    • Push-Pull tool (3D extrusions and holes)
    • Move and Copy objects
    Space Rover Chassis
    The tasks covered in this slideshow illustrate the steps to model a basic space rover chassis. Students can add their own customizations, or check out our Mars Rover Bundle for the complete build including Cargo area, Passenger compartment and Control panel.

  • SketchUp Mars Rover Modeling Bundle

    The Full Mars Rover SketchUp Bundle is on TPT!

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    SketchUp is 3D modeling software used by engineers, architects, and designers around the world. SketchUp is very powerful and surprisingly easy to learn. but can be daunting for a teacher with no engineering experience. This bundle was designed to help get a STEM classroom up and running in as little as two or three class periods. The bundle includes a detailed PowerPoint introduction, a step-by-step worksheet, and teacher background notes. The worksheet guides novice SketchUp users as they build a 3D model of a Mars rover chassis and wheels. Each step has a clear explanation and screenshots. The model is basic, so that students can concentrate on the core tools needed to be successful with SketchUp. As a free bonus, we’ve included our wonderful slideshow, Rovers- Exploring Alien Places, to introduce the entire unit. There’s also an Expansion Pack included that provides step by step cards to model a cargo space, passenger compartment, and driving controls.

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    Space Rover Chassis
    Once built, our basic space rover chassis can be customized with cargo space, passenger compartment, and driving controls.

  • Mars Rover Expansion Pack

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    SketchUp is CAD software used for 3D modeling. The free version is a very popular application used in many schools, libraries, and science clubs. Students can use Sketch-Up for a variety of tasks in the STEM classroom:

    • Design
    • Virtual Prototyping
    • Project Drawings
    • 3D Printing

    This package is designed to accompany the SketchUp Mars Rover Modeling Activity. It provides step-by-step guidelines to add four cool features to the basic rover chassis built in the introductory Mars Rover Modeling lesson.

    diagram showing 3D printing instructions

    The expansion pack consists of four sequential activities to add:

    1. Cargo Box
    2. Passenger Bench
    3. Dashboard and Windshield
    4. Steering Wheel

    The activities are set up as four recipe card sets. Each set has numbered steps that show the SketchUp tool needed and a screenshot of the action. Students can follow the steps closely, or use them to launch their own ideas. Each activity takes one to two 40 minute sessions, depending on student familiarity with SketchUp.

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    SketchUp Expansion Pack for Mars Rover

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