Monthly Archives: January 2017

A Virtual Museum Tour & 3D Printers

Integrating 3D printing into learning contexts supports constructivism, hands-on learning, and design thinking, as well as fosters skill competency in Geometry. There are many different ways to use 3D printers and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) programs in learning applications. For example, students could create their own designs to print in Entrepreneurship class, design and print artifacts related to Social Studies, or create 3D composite objects from 2D shapes to extend their understanding of perimeter, area, and volume (for example, turning a circle into a cylinder). 

In the area of Applied Design, Skills, and Technology (ADST) within the redesigned curriculum in British Columbia, 3D printing supports both Big Ideas and content curriculum. It is included in Grades 7 – 9 ADST curriculum, such as Grade 7 content,function of input and output devices, including 3D printing”, and the Grade 8 Big Idea, Complex tasks may require multiple tools and technologies”. Students also gain skills in using CAD programs such as Tinkercad to design their objects for 3D printing, which is another ADST content area, such as Grade 9 Drafting, “virtual creation using CAD/CAM”.

Ms. McKernan and her Social Studies students at Clearview are currently wrapping up their project of creating a Virtual Museum tour. Students researched artifacts related to a certain time period or country, wrote about their artifact, and designed an example using a CAD computer application. Using the 3D printers and iPads housed in their Learning Centre, they were able to print off their designed artifacts and record time lapse videos. Going one step further to create the museum tour, students uploaded their video, images of their artifact, and writing pieces into a Google Site to showcase their work.

Last year, I was enrolled in a course called Ventures in Learning Technology in which we considered learning potentials of emerging technologies. My project centred around 3D printers. While going through the critique process, a fellow student commented that my ideas were a bit ambitious as he did not believe 3D printers would be available for school use in the foreseeable future. I was fortunate to be able to inform him that our district currently had 3d printers in the secondary and middle schools and teachers are becoming fluent in how to integrate them into learning contexts.

For technology learning support in the area of Google applications or 3D printing, contact Laurie Petrucci ( or Glen Longley ( .


Virtual Field Trips & A Chromebook Learn360 local contest

Virtual Fieldtrips

BC ERAC has shared a neat story about Virtual Fieldtrips that you can read at

Chromebook Contest – Our Learn360 Media Service

We will be drawing a name from the list of SD60 registered teacher users of our Learn360 media service that is available through the Student e-Library or the logo below. All you need to do is visit the Learn360 site from school and create a user account using your Learn60 or PRN account before March 13, 2017 at 1pm.  The winner will be assigned a Lenovo N21 Chromebook for use while employed with SD60.

While you are there have a look at the 119,580 multimedia titles available to you!

Science Fair Resources

Time to get out the microscopes, backboards, and lab books! The Northern BC Regional Science Fair will be held in Fort St. John this year on April 11, 2017 at North Peace Secondary School (NPSS) gymnasium. In the upcoming months, students at local schools throughout the district will be showcasing their innovation, curiosity, and discoveries to be eligible for a spot to attend the Regional Science Fair. It is a wonderful event where students connect with peers to celebrate their enthusiasm for scientific exploration. The fair also provides students with the opportunity to talk to local science experts and find out more about potential careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) areas.

The Science Fair Guide is a great resource to find out more about potential science fair projects. For example, students can create projects with a focus on experimentation, innovation, or studies. Students need to also remember that when they plan experiments that involve human or animal subjects there are ethical guidelines to follow and permission from the science fair committee is required. Students should contact Ms. Gatt – – for more information and check out the general rules and ethical guidelines.

There are also many great resources available on this Digmore site. Check out World Book Science Power, Gale Science in Context, or GreenR for research information. There are also many scientific videos available at Learn360. Another great resource to find out about more on past national science fair winners and get research ideas is the Let’s Talk Science CurioCity site.

If you have any general inquiries regarding Science Fair, please contact Jennie Copeland at

Good luck with your projects…  see you at the Regional Science Fair!

Laurie Petrucci

Helpful Resources:

There are many online resources available to students, teacher, and parents to find out more about science projects, general rules and safety, and science fair information.

Northern BC Regional Science Fair website:

Youth Science Canada:

Science Fair Guide 2017:

Let’s Talk Science CurioCity:

General rules and ethics:

Digmore – STEAM