Today our 5th grade students built on the work of our 4th graders in Fusion360. After looking at (x,y) vs (x,y,z) we took the basic metal donut shapes the 4th graders created and added materials and textures. The rendering process uses a technique called ray tracing where we calculate the path of each photon, including how it would reflect and refract in glass and metal. At first glance the image below might just look like a photo of a glass sculpture in a galley. The reality is this is a virtual model one of our 5th graders constructed in Mechatronics class today. This 3D model can then be animated further in the virtual world or become part of our physical world depending on the tools applied to it by the student. A few other 5th grade class examples here, here and here.