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Explain 3D – Visual Explanations of How Machines Work

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Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 9.46.12 AM Explain 3D first launched a few years ago as a website that offers a collection of 3D animations of simple machines. Recently, Explain 3D launched an Android app for the same purpose. The animations allow viewers to zoom-in, zoom-out, and rotate animations 360 degrees. In addition to the animations of simple machines like elevators and hand pumps, Explain 3D also offers 3D models of the universe and electrical systems.

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Explain 3D could be a good source of models to include as part of a larger lesson that you’re constructing for your students to view online. To get the most out of the models your students will probably need you to explain what is happening and or the connections to the larger lesson.

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