Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

Adventurous Architecture

This camp is developed to promote CAD literacy among youth. The primary goal of this camp is to teach the main principles of engineering drawings and digital modeling skills. The camp participants will learn how to read basic technical drawings and construct building components and models using SkechUp 3D-CAD software. The ability to understand and practice effective design procedure will help develop spatial comprehension, creative and critical thinking.

In the first half of the camp, participants will be introduced to and gain a competence in the basics of 2D and 3D design and design thinking, as well as operations of 3D printing. The camp attendants will be assigned a design challenge, in which they will be formed into a where they will creatively solve a design problem using the concepts introduced. The purpose of the design challenge is to allow students engage in a hands-on and 3D printing activity to solidify the knowledge and design skills covered in the class.

The last session will be devoted to student presentation where they will show the design solutions of their team to the class. 

Learning Process and Outcomes

The camp attendants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic sketching skills
  • Understand and generate technical drawings
  • Exhibit 3D building modeling skills
  • Understand and demonstrate effective design process
  • Use SketchUp 3D-CAD software
  • Understand the working principles and the operation of 3D printer.
  • 3D Scanning

Solve design problem using design thinking principles

Take-Home Creations

Building 3D models

Please fill out and bring signed forms with you on the first day of camp OR just email us the forms in advance. We will provide participants with a snack each day and a water bottle for the week.

Prerequisites: None
Difficulty: Moderate
Required Ages: 10+
Required # of Participants: 8 – 15
Dates / Time: July 17 – 21 | 9am – 12pm
Cost: $120

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