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Message 1 of 19
Theoforus
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Fusion 360 secondary school projects

I am very interested to know if anyone has done projects in secondary school with fusion 360.

If you would share your project and your reflections I would be grateful.

 

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Message 2 of 19
edcharlwood
in reply to: Theoforus

Yes!

We map the use of CAD from Year 7 through to Year 13 moving from Tinkercad to Fusion.

For example, in Year 7 we use Tinkercad 3D for some design challenges - design a flashlight for a persona and also design & 3D print a carabiner clip that they attach to a solar torch PCB they make (and so on into Year 8 where we focus on robotics).

In Year 9 we move to Fusion and have a half-term skill building, followed by 2 longer projects using Fusion mainly to design &  3D print parts for a bluetooth speaker project and lighting project.

As we move into Year 10 we think more about the GCSE and start to interleave Fusion with open ended design challenges.

At A level we are full-blast : simulations, generative design, CAM etc

Let me know if you need more information, I am happy to share

 

Message 3 of 19
Theoforus
in reply to: edcharlwood

Thanks for the inspiration. If I could have a copy of your curriculum from 7.-9. grade it would be great. What do you think is the most critical part in teaching this?
Message 4 of 19
edcharlwood
in reply to: Theoforus

Give me a few days and I’ll write it up in a coherent way and share.

 

The most important thing, in my opinion, is committing to it, planning carefully and creatively. 

The forgetting curve is real! Just because students experience CAD once they’ll forget it before you know it. Therefore it needs to be carefully scheduled, tasks creatively and appropriately designed, a collaborative can-do / problem solving mindset fostered amongst the cohort… (more than one thing, sorry!)

Message 5 of 19
edcharlwood
in reply to: Theoforus

Here you go, my comments should appear on the side - let me know if you need more details, this is an overview only : 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qC-zdptTu8otqviDaXfMqr6ItMhxIvdQNXr-MskLHpA/edit?usp=sharing 

Year 7 Autumn term: Engineering Principles ⚙️ Spring term: Penny Skateboards 🛹 Summer term: Systems Principles 🔋 ❓⚙️Engineering quiz ⚙️❓ ❓Design & make quiz❓ ❓🔋Systems quiz🔋❓ Boat challenge 🚢 🛹 Product Analysis 🔎 LittleBits (sensor) torch Engineered objects 🔧 Plywood Mi...
Message 6 of 19
Theoforus
in reply to: edcharlwood

Great. Thanks a lot. Is it possible to get access to the links to see more. If it's not too much work for you.
Message 7 of 19
edcharlwood
in reply to: Theoforus

Are there any, in particular, you want to start with, ill need to pull them out one by one as they are embedded in Google Drive, Google Classroom etc..? I have a long-term plan to write them all up, so this is a good spur to action!

Message 8 of 19
Theoforus
in reply to: edcharlwood

If it could be possible to get access to autumn and spring term plans as a start it would be great.
Message 9 of 19
pijij42917
in reply to: Theoforus

Yes, I am a school educator who incorporates Fusion 360 into my secondary and post-secondary courses. I believe that Fusion 360 is an invaluable tool for students, as it allows them to develop their design and engineering skills in a practical and engaging way. I am excited to join the official Autodesk forum for educators like myself to share the success stories and experiences we have had using Fusion 360 in the School classroom. It's a wonderful platform to connect with fellow school educators, exchange ideas, and explore innovative ways to enhance the learning experience for our students.

 
Message 10 of 19
dan.banach
in reply to: Theoforus

Hi @pijij42917 

Welcome to our community, and thanks for utilizing Fusion 360 with your students. Feel free to ask and answer questions, and share your experiences.

Thanks,

-Dan



Dan Banach
Sr. Technical Manager & Community Manager

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Message 11 of 19
Theoforus
in reply to: dan.banach

Thanks for reaching out. I have used fusion 360 (and tinkercad) as a brief introduction to 3d design at secondary school. Due to some problems with installation, registration and updating I am switching to onshape next year just to test it out (even if I like fusion 360 better). 

I would really like to have a stripped down version of fusion 360 for that age and a registration management like thinkercad. The program is heavy to download so an easy web version would maybe be a solution that could work out. 

I do not need to see the students work and versions as a build in feature as a teacher as we use google classroom for assignmens. (I do not need two places to check the work of the students). I just need something that works on "old" laptops and that is easy to open/sign in to. 

Message 12 of 19
kellings
in reply to: Theoforus

Hi @Theoforus Did you know there is a way to use Fusion 360 in a browser? Fusion.online.autodesk.com is where you can go to access that. 

Kevin Ellingson
Technical Specialist

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Message 13 of 19
dan.banach
in reply to: Theoforus

Hi @Theoforus 

Running Fusion 360 from a browser (Chrome is preferred) will help alleviate the lab update issue that Kevin mentioned. Sign in with your Autodesk Education ID (same email that you log into Fusion 360 with).

 

Thanks for sharing your list of what you'd like to see in Fusion. I'll pass this information onto the team.

 

Thanks,

-Dan



Dan Banach
Sr. Technical Manager & Community Manager

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Message 14 of 19
cloudeporteus
in reply to: edcharlwood

@edcharlwood that's an amazing list of resources! You should consider creating some entries for our PBL contest to help other teachers and a chance to win over $40k in prizes to help move PBL forward in the classroom.

https://www.instructables.com/contest/classroom2023/ 

Message 15 of 19
edcharlwood
in reply to: cloudeporteus

thanks, that’s nice of you to say, but sadly I am not a US educator as the challenge requires (I’m in the UK)

Message 16 of 19
cloudeporteus
in reply to: edcharlwood

Right! Sorry about that. Hopefully this one will go well, and we will have another with international prizes.
Message 17 of 19
edcharlwood
in reply to: Theoforus

Count me in for that when it happens!

Message 18 of 19
Theoforus
in reply to: kellings

Did not know that. Thanks for the tip. I'll try that out.
Message 19 of 19
Kiwi08
in reply to: edcharlwood

I had a look at your plan, looks amazing, you have done SO MUCH WORK on it!! You get through so much in a year by the looks. I too have done the cardboard servo walking thing, with micro-bit, also the bridge (spaghetti and $2 construction pack in NZ).

Any chance of access to some or all of the links? 🙄

 

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