Let’s Play Checkers! By: Sierra Green

All throughout this year in PLTW, our teacher Mrs. Sauter has talked about the upcoming Maker Faire. We have to make a project to present to this Maker Faire. As of last month, we have started to work on our project. The students in my class are making some pretty cool things with the 3D Printer, laser cutter, and so much more!

My group decided that we would like to make a checkerboard set. We thought that this would be a very cool thing to make. We also thought that this could help develop our skills with using the 3D printer and the laser cutter. Once, we decided this, we decided that we want to make the checkerboard out of wood and the checker pieces out of plastic from the 3D printer. We are still working on making our final project, but I want tell you about what we have done and what we are doing right now.

When we started this project, Mrs. Sauter suggested that we do the 3D printing module to help us a little with 3D printing. As you might already think, the module really did help. We learned what plastic types the 3D printer uses (PLA and ABS), what the 3D printer reads to make our object (Computer Automated Drafting or CAD), and so much more information. Overall, this module was really fun.

Once we finished this it was time to start making our checkerboard. My group member Alexis and I worked on designing our checkerboard on a software called Adobe Illustrator. My other group members Melanie, Catherine, and Elissa worked on the designing of our checker pieces on this other software called 123D Design. I designed a checker piece that my group members used to build off of and eventually made a lot better! My whole group put lots of effort into our designing and now we have our prototypes for our project done!

In conclusion, I really like doing this project with my group members. I learned and am continuing to learn teamwork and resilience. Even though we are halfway done with our project, we will continue to put all of our effort into our checkerboard.

Photo on 4-2-15 at 2.10 PM #2

(This is our prototype checkerboard.)

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