It has been a pleasure to be a part of the math department’s activities as students begin their work with Google Sketchup. Sketchup is a sophisticated CAD program but with a few simple tips students can create elaborate plans and see practical application of math terms they have learned.
Anyone can open the program and draw random shapes, even make them look proportional and aesthetically pleasing. It is important though to teach students correct techniques so they see the importance of accuracy. Teachers ask students to create a home, then find surface area, volume, and other values.
In the first lesson, while explaining Sketchup functions, the students review the following terms:
For practice while learning the students create a shed or small outbuilding. Below is a sample: