Week 1 of Make Academy: Transform It

This week kicked off the official start of Make Academy! The focal point of the first workshop was take an in depth look at the world of 3D design, specifically how we can take a 2D object and turn it 3D. The preliminary exercises involved building a cube in two fashions. The first way was using 6 separate pieces of cardboard and assembling them into a cube. The next exercise was first, cutting the outline of a cube on paper, and then we moved on to more complex shapes such as hexagonal prisms and pentagonal pyramids.

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Next, the campers kickstarted the long process of creating their 3D molds. The first exercise was to create their future 3D model using wooden blocks. The campers then glued their pieces together to finalize their models.

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In the afternoon, the campers began to familiarize themselves with the task of woodworking. To start, they used a piece of scrap wood and made any number of cuts they wanted. Then, they had to create a design from their cuts of wood.

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To end the first week, the campers began to plan on how they could build a box to store their projects they make during camp. This encompassed both wood working skills, as well as, critical thinking skills when determining how big they could make their boxes as to allow them to fit in the cabinet.

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