Here's a fun story about Taylor and Brian using SketchUp for a school project. Taylor is 2nd from the left wearing the roxy shirt. Brian is her father. He works with Seatle Glass Block and is a long time SketchUp user.
This week, my nine year old daughter asked me for help on a School project. They were to draw up a scale construction drawing of an apartment following a list of instructions of what to include.
That night, I taught Taylor how to use the drawing tools to do the layout and then how to transform her apartment into a three-dimensional design.
Taylor was hooked! It was hard to keep away my oldest daughter, who is 12, so we could finish. Taylor told her teacher what she did and asked if I could bring in my Lap Top to show her. She asked if I would show the whole class as well. I went in on Friday and got set up with the projector and had Taylor show her design in the slide format. We then proceeded to have every student participate in building a new Apartment design. All the kids kept on saying WOW! COOL! They also kept asking where do you get this?
Below are Melissa Good's (Taylor's Teacher) comments about SketchUp.
"When Brian offered to come in and give a brief demonstration of Sketchup as well as provide time for the kids to try it themselves, I must admit, I was a bit skeptical. But the minute he started, my doubts vanished. He was right, Sketchup is remarkably user-friendly! Technology in the classroom is a great tool... it motivates students, stimulates learning, and often levels the playing field. Sketchup is a terrific example... there were gasps of delight and exclamations of enthusiasm as Brian demonstrated just a few of the basics. We all wondered why we had spent so much time with pencil and paper... this looked to be a whole lot more fun and more versatile. Needless to say, every child wanted to try it and they were all able to quickly master a few simple steps with Brian's guidance. I think they would have gladly designed an entire city had we given them time!"
As a teacher, I saw a multitude of curriculum connections; geometry, measurement, logic, problem solving, art, perspective... the list goes on and on. Perhaps not exactly what you had in mind when you created the software, but kids teach us to see with new eyes and I'd be willing to bet that they'd make discoveries we could never imagine!