Teaching Aid Wish List: September 2019



  • What new teaching aid do you need? We would love to hear from someone outside the biological sciences. Anyone need a new physics or chemistry model or activity?



  • Butterfly Chrysalis: This was suggested in the August wish list because of my mistake---I moved it here. We could actually do the whole butterfly life cycle on a surface. Egg -- caterpillar -- chrysalis -- butterfly models side-by-side or in a circle on a thin smooth board. What do you think?



  • The winning teaching aid for September 2019 will be a 3D model of the butterfly life cycle! Look for this soon.



  • Butterfly life cycle is coming along! We are going to use the monarch as our model butterfly. The egg is modeled and working on the caterpillar. Rather than just using a tube with a few appendages, we are building it up a body segment at a time. So far the thorax is done. Look for updates and some in-progress renders soon!



  • Here is a first look at the butterfly life cycle model in development. The egg is on the left, and the front half of the caterpillar is on the right. More updates soon!
    Lep_life_cycle_dev1.jpg



  • Caterpillar model is done. On to the chrysalis.



  • Almost done! Egg, caterpillar, and pupa are done, and the butterfly is about 2/3 done. Should have the life cycle model up within a few days.



  • First test print of the butterfly life cycle is done! Need to alter the adult butterfly model a bit to get some of the finer details to stand out more. The egg, caterpillar, and pupal stages all printed out really well on our $189 Ender 3 printer though!
    What else would you like to see on the model? Should there be text labels for the stages? Arrows between the stages? Let us know.
    Butterfly_life_cycle_01.jpg



  • Butterfly life cycle ready! Some alterations to the adult butterfly now have the wing veins and antennae showing up nicely. This will be up in our web store very soon.
    Butterfly_life_cycle_02.jpg



  • The butterfly life cycle is now available for purchase on the front page!


 

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