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Picture of Badges With Tinkercad Codeblocks

Creating badges with Tinkercad Codeblocks is an awesome project to do at any point in the school year (or even summer camp), but Back to School is a special time of year for teachers and students and a great time to do a project that gives students the opportunity to design something to share their interests and learn about their classmates, and this Codeblocks activity is the perfect way to do just that.

Recommended grades: 4-6

Estimated instructional time: 60 minutes

Skills taught:

  • Create a computer program that generates 3D shapes
  • Modify, remix, or incorporate portions of an existing program into one's own work, to develop something new
  • Combine mathematical and visual thinking to to explore symmetry through repeating loops

Lesson overview: How can shapes and patterns be used to create badges that symbolize different characteristics of ourselves and the world around us? In this lesson, your students will explore the importance of symbols and badges throughout history and apply their knowledge in the context of coding to create a badge design that represents who they are.

In this lesson students will:

  • Discuss how badges have been used throughout history and how symbols are used to represent or stand for different things.
  • Explore Codeblocks and build a program to create patterns and symbols using a variety of shapes, modifications, and controls.
  • Combine CAD and code to make an awesome badge they can share!

Step 1: Building Background Knowledge (Optional)

Picture of Building Background Knowledge (Optional)

The concept of badges dates back to the middle ages when knights wore a coat of arms to represent their loyalty and allegiance to a kingdom. Over time, badges have grown to symbolize all sorts of things. From Police Officers to the Scouts, as well as digital games and other online achievements, modern badges seem to have found a place in many areas of our lives, so it's likely your students will already have some Badge background knowledge.

Take some time before starting this activity to have a class discussion about badges throughout history. Ask students to explain how symbols are used to represent or stand for different things. Continue the discussion and see if they can name any widely recognized symbols or badges, including those from organizations like the Red Cross. This will help students visualize the goals of a badge and prepare to be able to design a symbol and badge that represents them.

Further reading: "How the History of Merit Badges Is Also a Cultural History of the United States" (Smithsonian)

Penolopy Bulnick made it!3 months ago
I messed around with the design a bit and used tulle and color changes to make a window decoration :)
This is so cool, thank you so much for sharing!
Lots of fun badge designs :)