3D #7: Look for and Make Use of Structure

What It Means

Find patterns and repeated reasoning that can help solve more complex problems. For young students this might be recognizing fact families, inverses, or the distributive property. As students get older, they can break apart problems and numbers into familiar relationships.

3D Modeling Teaches Students to Look For and Make Use of Structure

3D modeling offers plentiful opportunities for students to make use of structure. For example, in his model of a hot air baloon, Max noticed that he could take advantage of symmetry. He just created one quarter of the model, and then rotated it three more times by 90 degrees about the vertical axis: