Now in Google Earth: 13-Year Old Students and Sketchup Cars

Now in Google Earth: 13-Year Old Students and Sketchup Cars

Postby guzman tierno » Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:11 am

For those who dont know me: I'm an italian math teacher.

I've been working with a new class of 13-year old students for two and a half month's.
As work on solids, I made the students use sketchup one hour a week, for 8 weeks.
I made them draw many things of increasing complexity (chairs, houses, tetrahedrons, ... cars).

I then collected all their cars and made an animation by using SketchyPhysics,

I find the result quite nice and wanted to share it here:

[Edit] This is the new version: sped up as suggested in the comments
I think it is actually much better, thanks.



(You may watch it in HD on youtube).

All cars were drawn by the students, even the blue convertible. The only thing I added, after being repeatedly required, are the shock absorbers of the monster truck.

Comments are really wellcome and appreciated.

[Edit - New Stuff - Google Earth]
I coudln't resist and I made the students' cars work inside Google Earth.
I did not write the code (it was written by someone at Google),
I only changed it to make it work with the students cars.

Accept to install the plugin if required, it's great fun ...

Drive your car in Google Earth

hope you like it.

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Re: 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup - 2

Postby pilou » Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:21 am

Fresh air! And no pollution :enlight:
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Re: 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup - 2

Postby Phil Rader, AIA » Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:35 am

I'm imagining a room full of thirteen year old kids Laughing incredibly loud. That proud laugh with each of them patting the others on the back and saying the Italian equivalent of "way cool dude" or "dude did you see the bus crash"...I'm sure you have a handful of students that think your the coolest teacher ever.
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Re: 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup - 2

Postby solo » Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:37 am

Smashing!! :thumb:
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Re: 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup - 2

Postby guzman tierno » Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:42 am

Phil Rader, AIA wrote:I'm imagining a room full of thirteen year old kids Laughing incredibly loud. That proud laugh ... and saying the Italian equivalent of "way cool dude" or "dude did you see the bus crash"...


That's exactly it, Phil ! :enlight:

Thanks Pilou and Solo :D
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Re: 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup - 2

Postby guzman tierno » Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:50 am

You know Phil,
I somehow needed to share this with you all 'cause the emotional tension
of showing in the classroom the result of their and my work
doesnt losen up easily ...

(hope my english makes sense)
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Re: 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup - 2

Postby RayOchoa » Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:22 am

you know im like 14 years old right now and if you check on ma site you can see some of the earlier work i had done when i was the same age as those kids i think that since they alredy got the hang of sketchup they will use it in the future. By the way did you mention they could upload their cars to the warehouse? It would be pretty cool if there was a whole collection of "soap cars" made by 13 year olds
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Re: 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup - 2

Postby museummaker » Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:44 am

That is incredible. I watched it three times.

There are lots of interesting animations on the internet but your work and that of the school kids is inspiring. You should keep doing things like this, there is beauty in the learning for the kids-- and also a certain beauty in the film.

I wish I could have done stuff like that when I was a kid.

Thank you
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Re: 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup - 2

Postby guzman tierno » Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:22 am

RayOchoa wrote:you know im like 14 years old right now and if you check on ma site you can see some of the earlier work i had done when i was the same age as those kids i think that since they alredy got the hang of sketchup they will use it in the future.

I know your works, they're really good stuff.

RayOchoa wrote:By the way did you mention they could upload their cars to the warehouse? It would be pretty cool if there was a whole collection of "soap cars" made by 13 year olds


All the models made by the students are
available in the 3D-WareHouse,
here are the cars,
and here's the model used in the video

thanks for your comment
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Re: 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup - 2

Postby guzman tierno » Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:24 am

MuseumMaker wrote:That is incredible. I watched it three times.
... there is beauty in the learning for the kids-- and also a certain beauty in the film.

I wish I could have done stuff like that when I was a kid.
Thank you


Thank You.
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Re: 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup - 2

Postby dylan » Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:20 pm

That is fantastic!
You can imagine the kids laughing so much watching this and feeling very good about what they achieved.
Really good to see.
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Re: 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup - 2

Postby Mr S » Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:50 pm

Hi,

Thats really cool.
I wonder if you speeded things up and added the Wacky Races theme music to it whether a whole new feel could be created. 13 year olds should love that.
I am assuming that you will know that Wacky Races was a very popular cartoon in the 1970's. (Oh dear, giving my age away!)
If you don't know what I am talking about, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlTlL53KGRs

Dick Dastardly and Muttley were very popular.
Actually, these are 2 cartoon characters SOLO should recreate!

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Re: 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup - 2

Postby guzman tierno » Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:07 pm

Thanks Dylan.

Mr S wrote:Thats really cool.
I wonder if you speeded things up and added the Wacky Races theme music to it whether a whole new feel could be created. 13 year olds should love that.



I think those are two good ideas (yes, I know wacky races).
When I finished the animation I didnt thought about speeding it up, maybe I'll do another version.

Some students did want to learn Sketchyphysics and are now producing their versions ...

Thanks,
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Re: 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup - 2

Postby caddict » Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:15 pm

great models and physics and video!

when i was a kid one of the best parts of building a car was crashing it afterwards

(i hope that wasn't just me)
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Re: 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup - 2

Postby guzman tierno » Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:57 pm

caddict wrote:great models and physics and video!
when i was a kid one of the best parts of building a car was crashing it afterwards
(i hope that wasn't just me)


:D
Thanks,

Only after making the video I recalled the many afternoons I spent when I was a kid
building ramps and watching my big collection of cars going down, hoping for my favorite to win ...
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Re: 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup Cars - 2

Postby JHuman » Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:45 am

Great Job! Pretty good with the video production as well.
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Re: 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup Cars - 2

Postby Huggkruka » Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:19 pm

If my math teachers were ever that imaginative... I love the video, and the car design is also lovely. It's a bit choppy but that's a minor issue. Well done!
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Re: 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup Cars - 2

Postby guzman tierno » Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:42 pm

JHuman and Huggkruka,
thanks for your comments.
I'll be soon uploading a new sped up version, as suggested in various comments.
I've already sped it up and it is actually much better
(For some reason I didnt thought about it immediately).

About imagination:
I just started by thinking that Sketchup is easy, fun and 3D and that therefore
it was a good tool for studying and visualizing solids in school.
Then the students loved it and the ideas grew up.
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Re: [New Version] 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup Cars - 2

Postby guzman tierno » Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:26 pm

This is the new version: sped up as suggested in the comments
I think it is actually much better, thanks.



(You may watch it in HD on youtube).
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Re: [New Version] 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup Cars - 2

Postby ely862me » Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:43 pm

Speed*s film producers should ve seen this before they made the jumping bus on that broken highway :lol:
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Re: [New Sped up Version] 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup Cars 2

Postby guzman tierno » Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:54 pm

Not strictly related to the video above but, I used sketchyphysics
to add a motor and a working steering system to the blue convertible:



Model available here.
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Re: [New Sped up Version] 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup Cars 2

Postby Anssi » Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:31 pm

:roflmao: Sketchyphysics + Chianti

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Re: [New Sped up Version] 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup Cars 2

Postby guzman tierno » Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:03 pm

Anssi wrote::roflmao: Sketchyphysics + Chianti


It took me a litle while to understand it ... :roflmao: :lol:
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Google Earth, 13-Year Old Students & Sketchup Cars

Postby guzman tierno » Sun Apr 19, 2009 12:07 pm

I coudln't resist and I made the students' cars work inside Google Earth.
I did not write the code (it was written by someone at Google),
I only changed it to make it work with the students cars.

Accept to install the plugin if required, it's great fun ...

Drive your car in Google Earth

hope you like it.

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