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    Introducing Codeblocks Activities

    Donald Bell
    Published on - October 23, 2019 by Donald Bell

    Teachers, Features, New to Tinkercad

    We believe that one of the most effective ways to learn software is having interactive lessons and activities baked right into the new user experience. Anyone familiar with Tinkercad’s 3D editor or Circuits editor knows how helpful our beginner activities are, and how quickly they can provide a solid foundation for a successful experience in Tinkercad.

    The Tinkercad Codeblocks editor now has its own suite of interactive starter activities to help new users learn the moves. You can use this link to jump right into the first activity. Otherwise, you'll find these activities by scrolling down in the launcher menu of any Codeblocks design, or by clicking the word “Codeblocks” in the top left corner (as shown below). From this same window you can also find our Codeblocks Quick Start guide, as well as view and pick apart a handful of great starter designs. 

     

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    The three new interactive learning activities help beginners take their first steps in computational design and modeling. Activities include:

    • Intro to Shapes- covers the basics of manipulating the size and color of Shapes and employs core concepts of 3 dimensional space (WxLxH). 
    • Moving Shapes- covers the basics of navigating Shapes through 3 dimensional space, assembling Shapes to build simple things and introducing 3D technical concepts like workspace origin, XYZ axes, plotting with Cartesian coordinates, positive/negative direction, perspective vs. orthogonal views and quadrants.
    • Rotating Shapes- challenges users to explore single and multi-axis rotation reinforces earlier 3D technical concepts like workspace origin, XYZ axes, plotting with Cartesian coordinates, positive/negative direction, as well as rotational increments.

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    More to come!

    The Tinkercad team is excited to build on these resources and provide you with the kind of compelling, interactive learning content you’ve come to expect from us. We also encourage you to check out our expanding catalog of free, classroom-ready content on Instructables.

    The community of tinkerers, teachers, and students that log-in to Tinkercad every day inspire us to keep improving this site. We always appreciate hearing from you and getting feedback on what’s working and what could be better. If you have an idea for us, let us know by reaching out to us on Twitter or Facebook