Creative Curriculum | Teaching Mathematics with Paint 3D
Hi, I’m José, Learning Consultant at Microsoft and in this series we’re going to be looking
at using 3D in education. 3D content is proven to increase understanding
and comprehension of subjects. So I’ve come here to Microsoft’s Paint 3D Studio to discover some of the fun and engaging ways you can
introduce easy 3D creation in the classroom. There is a video for each of the STEAM topics
and in this episode we’re looking at Maths. I’m joined here today by Danielle, Paint 3D’s
Senior Program Manager and we’re here to find out more ways in which we
can use Paint 3D and maths in the classroom. – Exactly. In Paint 3D we are able to bring in 3D
objects and something that feels a bit more tangible and
real. A lot of students can think that maths feels a
bit abstract, so we have the opportunity to make it a little
bit more approachable and fun. – Do we have any icebreaker activities that we
could get started with? – We do. We are going to look at a fruit puzzle, and we are going to take these cards with
different fruit and try to figure out what values
they are associated with. You can check your answers by just rotating
around, which gives the chance to teach students not just
the math but also a little bit of 3D manipulation. Do you
want to give it a go? – Yes ok.
– Alright – The apple is 10, the banana is 4 and the watermelon is 2. So I think that final
one would be 16. – Final answer?
– Yes, final answer. – The apples indeed were 10. The banana is a 4. – The banana is a 4? Uh-oh! Wait a minute, what
happened there? – I actually see that there are 3 bananas
– There’s 3 bananas (laughter) It’s a trick question. So this has just been a fun game and obviously we
tried to catch you out with the bananas and we
did that. But it’s a great way to teach students a little
bit about rotation, the students are moving the objects and starting
to think about positioning as well. – And do we have any main activity lessons that
you could talk us through? – I do. So, in this activity we’re going to
actually talk about scale and units of
measurement. We’ve got 6 different animals. As you can see here, 4 of them have got units of
measurement on them and 2 do not. The first part of the activity is getting these
animals lined up in the correct sizing from
largest to small. – I’m going to say the rhino.
– Alright, that look good? – Perfect.
– Who’s next? – We have the monkey, however, I feel like the
dog is going to be bigger than the monkey. – Okay.
– I would say that the rabbit would be next in line. And then with the measurements that we do have I
would say we would have the mouse next followed
by the frog as the last. Perfect. The frog’s unit of measurement is really, really,
small it’s in millimeters. So, would we be able to make that smaller? – Absolutely. In fact, this frog is the world’s
smallest frog. – Okay.
– I’m not going to attempt to say the name, so we will just show you guys. But yes, we’ll get this guy a little bit smaller. At this point, the students have achieved the
objective. Perfect success criteria from the largest animal
to the smallest. – That’s great. So, for those students that are
ready to build upon this, how would they do that? Right, well now we can really take a deep look at
some of the units of measurement. Perhaps the students had done this just by guess
work. So, we’ll go ahead and take a look at these. As
mentioned before, 2 of them don’t have units. So, let’s just go ahead and get rid of the dog
and rabbit for now, and maybe as an example we’ll take a look at how
many monkeys can fit in the height of a rhino? – For the monkey, we have 5.6 decimeters and the
rhino is 1.68 meters. So, if we start by converting these to the same
unit of scale, that may be an easier place for us to start. I think that we would be able to fit 3 monkeys.
– 3 monkeys. Alright, let’s go ahead and give it a go. There
we go. Now we have 3 monkeys.
– Perfect. – Do you want to go for a little harder one? 5.6
decimeters and 2.8 centimeters. – Okay so we know that 5.6 decimeters is 56
centimeters, and 56 centimeters devided by 2.8 centimeters is
20. – Great math!
– So I have a feeling that it would take 20 mice to be stacked for it to be able to reach the height of the
monkey. – Alright, last one. Let’s try out the frog. – Okay, so we have the frog that’s 4mm and the
mouse that’s 2.8cm so that would be converted to 28mm and 28mm divided by 4mm is 7.
– We’ve got 7 frogs. So there you’ve done it. You’ve gotten all of the
animals in scale next to each other,
mathematically calculated perfectly. Great. So, for those students who want to
demonstrate more complex outcomes, I’m guessing
we could use the dog and the rabbit in this. – Exactly. Now that we’ve calculated scale, we
are going to try and actually figure out what
some of the units of measurement are. We’ve left these blank, but with the numbers so
that the students can start trying to figure out
where it might fit. – Great.
– Now they are all in the right scale next to each other Now we can have a little bit more fun and send
these into Mixed-Reality to see what they would actually look like in the
virtual scale with some of our students or with
us. – That sounds great! And I think for the
students to be able to see those 3D models in a
physical world it just allows them to see how big that rhino
would be or how small that frog would be as well. – Exactly.
– For me this is a really great way to engage those students with maths and to be able to actually use 3D models to
enhance their maths outcome. – Did you have fun?
– I did, lots! Paint 3D comes installed with Windows 10 For more information on using Paint 3D in
education, check out the Microsoft Educator
Community. You’ll find downloadable resources, lesson plans
and engaging ways to use technology in the
classroom. Let us know what you have found useful and what
features you would like to see next in Paint 3D
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