City X Project at Creativity Day


web-creativity-day-3d-printersOn Saturday the City X Project visited the Children’s Creativity Museum of San Francisco as a Featured Partner at their annual Creativity Day event. Our workshop was featured alongside the likes of GoldieBlox and LEGO Master Builders from LEGOLAND California. Throughout the day we had over 40 children and their parents attend six City X workshops to learn about how 3D modeling and 3D printing can be used to solve global challenges… and we had a ton of fun!

web-creativity-day-girlAt the participants’ first stop we gathered beneath a giant cardboard spaceship hanging from the ceiling to listen to an urgent transmission from the Mayor of City X, a remote city being built on another planet. Next, kids used their imaginations and clay to model inventions to solve the problems of City X.

Clay models in hand, we moved to the room next door where students got to see Cube 3D Printers in action. We talked about the technology behind 3D printing and Dara Dotz from Made In Space shared stories about how this technology is being used by real astronauts in space today. Finally, our amazing volunteers taught participants to use Tinkercad – free 3D modeling software available online – to create digital version of their own clay inventions. Although our team usually runs the workshop with kids between the ages of 8 and 12, we had a lot of younger kiddos come through on Saturday proving just how intuitive 3D modeling can be.

Tinkercad model of 3D invention

I was particularly impressed by this invention, created by a 5-year-old.

A big thanks to The Creativity Museum for inviting us to be part of this incredible event!