SketchUp – An Introductory 3D Modeling STEM Activity For Your Classroom

Here is a video tutorial I created that takes students mouse-click by mouse-click with SketchUp to build a 3D model of a pencil. The student is introduced to some of SketchUp’s basic tools and concepts including,

– Working in 3D space with primary views including Orbit, Zoom, Pan and standard isometric views.

– Basic tool commands including Line, Circle, Polygon, Scale and 3D Text.

– Trays including the Instructor and Material.

Highly relevant for STEM classes, this tutorial introduces any student into the world of 3D modeling. Easy enough for a third-grade student, yet a great entry activity for a high school student, students are guided through many of the basic tools and concepts used in all 3D modeling programs.

SketchUp is a free application for Windows and OSX.  Chromebook/Tablet users can use the free web version (beta).

Teachers are provided with saved SketchUp files for each chapter of the lesson so if students get stuck at a particular spot, they can continue with a fresh, accurate file.

The first download is a simple PDF that will link you to all of the materials.

Complete Pencil Lesson Package Download

Included in the file (above) is the second link to all the good stuff. Included is,

1) The main folder that contains the 10-chapter video tutorial. All videos are hi-res 1080p files (1900×1080).
2) A shortcut for students to open to start the instructional content.
3) SketchUp Reference Cards for Windows and OSX with all of the commands and keyboard shortcuts. Share with your students.
4) A copy of the SketchUp files I used while creating the project. Each is completed through the end of each chapter from the video tutorial.


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