“TinkerCAD is the digital equivalent of building blocks, erector sets, and modeling clay, all rolled into one.”
Before there were a bajillion online games – before there was such a thing as an online game – when you wanted to goof off with the computer, and you were tired of FreeCell, you opened up Paint – Microsoft’s built-in basic level drawing program. The digital equivalent of a blank piece of paper and a box of 16 crayons.
Within minutes, kids could create landscapes, still-lifes, even self-portraits. Inkjet printers churned out reams of their two-dimensional creations.
Autodesk’s cloud-based TInkerCAD program gives today’s kids – and beyond – that same thrill of creation, but in three dimensions. TinkerCAD.com is the digital equivalent of building blocks, erector sets, and modeling clay, all rolled into one.
TinkerCAD’s simple interface and helpful tutorials give even the novice user a way to make the connections of how three-dimensional objects can be represented on the two-dimensional screen. Add material here. Take a little material off there. Move this bit a little higher. Turn the whole thing around to see the other side.
TinkerCAD even lets you send your finished objects to your own 3-D printer, or share your digital designs with the entire world! Spatial reasoning is an important cognitive skill, and three-dimensional modeling is a great way to learn and explore! Get started for free at tinkercad dot com.