3D Letter Boxes
A combined K-1 class Making Experience
I prepped the lesson by setting up a Corel file with each student’s first initial, all letters set to 5″ high. I used the blue 255 hairline with color mapping turned on so the laser cutter would ETCH the outline of the letters onto chipboard. I wanted the students to do as much as possible, including cutting out their letter (using the lasered lines as their guide).
I also prepped a bunch of 2″ chipboard strips to use to make the frame. If I did it again I would go 1.5″ as it made the box a little deep for the size of these letters. Students watched their letter etch, took it out of the machine, cut it out then explored our green dot bins to select materials to decorate their letter. After decoration was complete, they made their frame by lining up the chipboard strips next to each side of the letter, and using a pencil to mark where the chipboard should be cut.
Most were pretty comfortable with the taping process, though we needed to tear some strips off the roll to keep the process moving. This class has a student teacher intern, so there were plenty of adult hands around to assist, making it easy for each student to have a completed box in about an hour’s time.
The engagement was high. Each student was so invested in their process! We loved watching them select the materials and tools they needed to make their own prototype. Next step is to make the real thing.