Geometry with Mechatronics Design Tools

The 8th grade geometry class is exploring using Fusion360 as a tool to build homemade volumetric problems. The class did very well attacking the first example of this problem type with the example below. The next step will be to explore surface area an Ellipsoid early next week by actually building the underlying profile (sketch) and revolving it. We want our students to feel confident picking up math formulas they have never used before and applying them to unfamiliar problems. The if-formulas-are-vehicles analogy is to teach a person to drive a car in an empty parking lot, then give them a semi-truck and tell them to drive it cross-county. That is difficult, a little dangerous, and requires a healthy mix of grit and confidence. Same approach with Geometry.