3D #1: Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them

What It Means

Understand the problem, find a way to attack it, and work until it is done. Basically, you will find practice standard #1 in every math problem, every day. The hardest part is pushing students to solve tough problems by applying what they already know and to monitor themselves when problem-solving.

3D Modeling Teaches Perseverance in Solving Problems

Students are more likely to persevere in solving a problem when they really want to solve it. 3D printing gives students extraordinary motivation to finish their models. In this example, Grace wants a 3D model of a Chinese pagoda. Building such a complex geometry using simple shapes and basic geometrical operations takes lots of time, effort, and perseverance. However, she has a clear goal in front of her, that she eventually reaches – see a screenshot of her 3D model and a photograph of the 3D print below. In the process, she acquires an impressive understanding of 3D geometry.