3D Printer Club: Science Notebook Examples

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This is part of a series of posts about starting and facilitating a project-based 3D printer club at a local elementary school, with the ultimate goal of replicating the program at schools everywhere. We'll be posting as many details as possible, including lesson plans and supporting materials. For more information about the entire project, including a listing of posts related to it, please visit the 3D Printer Club for Schools project page. 

Keeping a science notebook can be a lot of fun. It’s not very difficult to do, and if it’s done well, it’s something you will be proud of for years to come. (The first science notebook I saw when I was a kid was one that my father wrote when he was a kid!) Because this is new to a lot of kids in the club this year, I thought I’d work up an example of how I might do it if I were on the build team. I’ll post some pages from that here, and hopefully also (eventually) some creative pages from member books.

I like to keep my notes fun, and I like to fill empty space with doodles or squiggles—not unlike Vi Hart describes—but I also like to keep the information neat, consistent, and organized. For this book, I sat down with my son and started to draw the Table of Contents. (I think he was a little surprised by how I styled the words.) We worked together to identify parts of the machine, and he was eager to take over after only a few lines. By the time we got to listing some hardware, I started a new page with some drawings and details. When I went back to list the drawings in the Table of Contents, we suggested that I continue numbering them, counting down from zero. I think he enjoyed the idea that the notebook could have some personality.

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