That was awesome! Can't wait to show my students next year. You did this with Sketchy Physics?
Sorry I didn't answer before ... I was on vacation.
The students at school (13-years old students) made the cars,
I added the use of sketchyphysics to make the wheel turn.
I would love having the code for the "Drive your car in Google Earth". Could you share it? That would be great!
Of course I can share it.
The code is a modification of a google experiment
and it is actually already public.
I always wanted to make the code cleaner but never had the time to do it.
Right now it consists of the following files:
keyboard-focus-hack.js (hack to change the input focus, it may be avoided, does not work perfectly)
guida.js (uploads the vehicle and makes the simulation work, I modified some behaviours and added a list of vehicles, needs some clean up)
you also need:
shadowrect.png (image for the shadow of the vehicle)
milktruck.css (css for the page, nothing special)
if there's something not clear, please ask,
I'll be glad to try to answer.
I did it! :D Sure, there was some struggling with the code. But finally it works: http://php.educanet2.ch/steffisburg/driveyourcar/
Thank You so much.
Tomorrow I will let the students create their own cars.
Glad to see you did it and
I'm happy to see someone else using this idea.
Let me know about the reactions of the students.
(the use of the arrow keys gives me sometimes some problems with firefox,
but it may just be my computer. Works fines with the other browsers. Nice job)
PS: to let the student create the cars I normally use a worksheet explaning the steps to model a car. I can share the worksheet but it is in italian: worksheet.
The students loved driving the testcar on Google Earth und they could hardly start to modelling the cars. I gave them Your worksheet. Huh, they complaint like hell: "We do not unterstand the Italien language." I am not sure, if they had read the instructions (or the images) more carefully, when it was written in German. ;-) By now I did the translation and added a screencast. We will finish the project in 3 weeks after the holidays. Look at: http://www.3dgeometrie.com/2011/09/drive-your-car.html
I've seen the worksheet in german and the video on youtube, really nice job.
The part that normally turns out to be more difficult for students
is the part where they have to simmetryze and then postion the to halves of the car.
Some students just avoid doing that by modelling the wheels and the wiindows
on both parts of the car, even if they dont match perferctly.
The models are now almost done: http://php.educanet2.ch/steffisburg/driveyourcar/
Some students just avoid doing that...
Yes, that's right. I think only a few did it as it is described in the worksheet.
I added a upload function, where they can test their model with its size and orientation. This is very handy, because the students can check themself, if everything is fine.
I also created this: http://php.educanet2.ch/steffisburg/flyyourplane/ Just for fun ;-) Unfortunately there is a bug in the script and it starts only after some arrow keys are hit.