Tech skill area: Explore 3D modeling software Project  Basic geometry with Google Sketchup 3D Modeling Software Open Google Sketchup and start A. Open the program Sketchup, save answers to these questions right on sketchup by adding a text box Go to view and edit toolbar, Find the scale tool, drag it into your toolbar. This will help you to resize the objects in your models. 1. Use the rectangle tool to create a square Use the tape measure to find out how long each side is (ignore the inches for now) make sure they are all equal in length by clicking on the shift as you drag the square. Find the perimeter the square ( s+s+s+s ) in feet 2. Find the area of the square width x height (or s = area in square feet 3. Now use the push pull tool and raise the square into a cube remember try to keep sides equal, use the rotate tool to make sure it is not too tall. Find the surface area of the cube using 6 x a (area =s ) in feet squared. (like wrapping a gift box, the outside surface) 5. Find the volume of the square using b x h x w volume, in feet cubed (like filling a swimming pool  how much can it hold inside of the cube?). Formulas can be found at: http://www.math2.org/math/geometry/areasvols.htmometry/areasvols.htm (For extra challenge, find the area of a circle then use push pull to create a cylinder and find the surface area and volume of that cylinder. )
Assignment 2: Now play and create a house, park... what ever 3D project you choose. Check out the 3D warehouse to find prebuilt items like buildings and cars Use the components to add grass, building materials, shingles... to your models Double click then drag and resize your component. Place screen shots of your models (A) and your design (B) on a new page of your Google Portfolio Web Site. Answer this question: How do you think Architects use software like this to do their jobs?

