Project Ignite enables learners of all ages to gain practical hands-on experience with new software and hardware to build literacy in design, 3D, electronics, programming and more.

Project Ignite integrates project content directly into Tinkercad and 123D Circuits, which are both free from Autodesk. Tinkercad is an easy to learn tool to create and print 3D models whilst 123D Circuits enables you to visualize and simulate circuits.

These two apps provide a compelling combination to “make things real, and make them go!” Both of these tools are browser-based so there is no need to install anything. Children can carry on with their projects at home!

TinkerCAD

The projects available include video and step-by-step “lab” lessons, where instructions are integrated directly into the Tinkercad and 123D Circuits apps, so learners have the right information exactly where they need it. The instructions are clear, and the software is pretty simple to use.

All of the projects come complete with lesson plans and teacher documentation, to make it as easy as possible to get started.

Project Ignite makes managing student accounts easy. A teacher can invite students to theirĀ  classroom using a “class code”. The students that you moderate will be visible in your “My Classes” tab in your dashboard. Once students are moderated, they will be able to sign on using the same username and password on Tinkercad.com and 123DCircuits.io

Even if you don’t want the class management side of things, you can sign up for a free account and learn how to use Tinkercad or 123D circuits for yourself.

I’m going to explore Tinkercad in more detail once our 3D Printer build is complete. So I’ll discuss it more in the future.

If you’ve tried Tinkercad, let me know what you think in the comments!