Teacher Talk: 3D Vermont
April 19, 2018
In the Church History Unit, 8th-grade students studied sacred art and architecture. This included a plethora of study of iconography, sanctuary design, the altar, and the tabernacle. While considering the importance of the church being built around the altar, as opposed to other way around, students realized that the entire structure exists because Christ is present. Today, churches occupy the landscape as a reminder that Christ is present in our communities. Students were encouraged to choose a church where they worship or a church they admired to study and build a 3D model. Once research on the Church was complete students created a 3D computer-aided design (CAD) of their local church. Students designed St. Francis Xavier, in Winooski, the Catholic Center at UVM, the Warren United Church of Christ, St. Mary Star of the Sea, in Newport and many, many more! All 36 8th graders learned to use Tinkercad and designed a 3DModel of a Vermont church.