Explain 3D: How cars work? Helping people understand main car systems

Since publishing Explain 3D: How things work application, we received tons of your suggestions about cars, car systems or automotive simulations. Therefore we decided to create and publish brand new application focused on cars Explain 3D: How cars work.

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Explain 3D: How cars work

In this new application you can find 10 complex car simulations with detailed information about main parts of car systems. Simulations are build in interactive 3D environment with smooth and simple controls and gestures. Application is available for iOS and Android devices.

  1. Car engine – four stroke engine with its phases and exhaust.
  2. Friction clutch – clutch with all main parts
  3. Manual transmission – manual transmission with gears and degrees
  4. Steering system- car steering with hydraulic support
  5. Differential – car differential and its operation
  6. Braking system – disc brakes and braking system
  7. Fuel system – fuel system with injection, fuel tank and other parts
  8. Ignition system – car ignition system with breaker, battery and sparks
  9. Car suspension – Car suspension system with main parts
  10. Cooling system – car cooling system with car heating system and their operation

Our „Suggest simulation“ tool is included in the application, so if you are missing some simulations feel free to send us your ideas. We would like to create largest collection of simulations so you will not need to search internet or youtube if you want to learn new stuff.

We would like to thank all of you, who are supporting us in making education fun, more interesting and engaging. We believe, that interactive and innovative ways of learning are for everyone in the world.

Meet Explain 3D in Amsterdam

One month ago, we participated in Startup Sharks initiative by Slovak Businss Agency with our project Explain 3D – system of educational simulations helping people understand how things work. After a long month of waiting, we have been selected and supported by agency and we will be participating in the conference Unite 2015 Europe.

Unite 2015 Europe is international conference for developers and companies working with Unity engine. Unite 2015 Europe will be held in Amsterdam on June 23-25, 2015. It will be great opportunity to learn how to get the most out of the Unity engine, we are using for development of Explain 3D, to meet up with Unity engineers and fellow professionals.

We are looking forward to meet Unity developers, companies developing in Unity. We would like to meet potential partners of Explain 3D. We will be also attending training day on 23 june where we want to learn new cool Unity stuff. This will help us to make Explain 3D better, more user friendly and effective tool for interactive learning.

If you would like to meet us, discuss about cooperation, or give us feedback, feel free to contact us and we can arrange meeting in Amsterdam.

Explain 3D at the conference

Explain 3D on Interesting Engineering

Last week was published short review of explain 3D on Interesting Engineering website:

Do you remember books like “The Way Things Work“ or “How things work”? These books were best sellers and helped a lot of kids and people understand how things work. Some reviews of these books were: “This book taught me more about technology than my first five years of school…”. There were millions of copies of these books sold. Now, Explain 3D is the future of learning how things work.

Explain 3D is a system of interactive educational simulations that can help you to understand how things work. Simulations are built in an interactive 3D environment, which brings fun to learning, is engaging and it also helps to develop logical thinking.

Explain 3D is a great tool for learning new things in a fun way. Principle of operation is shown through interactive simulations. You can zoom in and out, rotate and move assemblies in a 3D environment. Moreover, you can make objects semi­transparent and see operation cycles from the inside. Main parts and objects of simulations are described and explained and you can get more information with a simple tap on the object…more.

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Suggest us your ideas and make Explain 3D much better

Have you ever downloaded application and it was not something you expected? This will NOT happen with Explain 3D application.

Your ideas in Explain 3D

Don ‘t be afraid of suggesting us your ideas. We would like to create tool you will like and will help you, your students and your kids. It is so simple. Just use our „Suggest simulation“ tool in application. This tool is in FULL or LITE version:

  1. open tool in Explain 3D application,
  2. describe your ideas or your simulation,
  3. hit „Send“,
  4. wait for update.

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Based on your ideas, we already created some simulations. As we expected, lot of them were from field of mechanics and cars. But we also received suggestions from other fields:

  • Hydroelectric dam model with interior and principle how electricity is generated
  • Elevator
  • Desk Lamp
  • Ignition system and Disc brakes in cars

And this is not everything. Currently we are working on other simulations we have on the list. All of them were suggested by YOU, our fans and users. Thank you very much and you can look forward to more car simulations like hybrid cars, differentials or helicopter simulation.

Eduxeso – memory matching game

“Learn by play”

Do you know memory matching game, sometimes called pairs, sometimes called pexeso? Eduxeso is combination of your favourite memory matching game and foreign (english, german, french or spanish) language vocabulary and names. Main goal of this combination is to develop language skills while playing games.

In the beginning of the game, you will see 20 cards face down. Goal of the game is to match image with the right vocabulary name or word. If you find all 10 pairs, you win the game. Memory matching game (pairs or pexeso) is the classic puzzle game, which help develop memory skills of children and people. Moreover, Eduxeso develops skills and learn foreign languages.

Currently, the game has 9 sets of cards of different topics (fruit, animals, colors, numbers, nature, tools, clothes, food, transport) and the game is in 4 languages:

  • English,
  • German,
  • Spanish,
  • French.

Game is build in Unity3D game engine using 2D game system. It has nice colorful graphics and contains nice images and pictures of things. Graphics and images are engaging for children or people playing game.

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Educational Simulations in Schools

Educational Simulations in Schools

Do you use simulations in education? Maybe your answer is “No”. But is it true?

I remember my years in primary school. Once a year the principal and the teachers prepared a large simulation for the whole school. It was a simulation of a chemical gas attack. We ran out of the school, teachers explained to us the warning signals, showed us how to put on gas masks, and we learned a lot. I still remember all the information. 

Simulation is the imitation of the real-world process or system operation. When we talk about simulations, the engineering ones in car labs, mathematical or computer ones come to mind first. But simulations are used more often than you think.

4 stroke engine simulationHave you ever asked your students: “What would you do if an earthquake hit this city?” You were simulating the situation, and it was up to the students how they dealt with it and understood the consequences.

The main goal of the simulations is to simulate the real world experience and boost the creative spirit of the students while they are looking for the solutions. Simulations can turn boring education into the creative and interactive process. They can help teachers and students in schools to explore things and situations in the world that are too dangerous, too expensive, too far away or too small.

Why are the simulations not used in schools in our age of the internet? There are still a lot of problems implementing simulations in education.

– A lot of simulations are too expensive for schools to purchase.

– Many teachers don’t know how to use them.

– Some teachers think the simulations are only videos.

– Others think they are some evil video games.

– If some teachers find them useful, they don’t share this success with other teachers, on the internet and blogs.

These are the reasons why we decided to run explain3D. Teachers, students, kids, and parents have the opportunity to use the interactive simulations and visualizations in schools and at home to make education more fun, more engaging and modern. All the simulations are available online for free.

We believe that with the cooperation and sharing the ideas we can make education more effective, and change it into a great learning experience.

 

Become part of team

Imagine a situation – you are trying to describe, how something functions, but are having trouble finding the correct words. For example, how a manual transmission works, “Rotating gears…, shifting gear… and how the car moves forward.” Explain3D is developing a simple and easy solution for this challenge: 3D interactive simulations. Explain3D is 3D wiki which can be used in technical education. System helps people understand how things work. 

Why crowdfunding?

We started project in september 2013 and we started with 8 simulations. Since then, we recieved a lot of messages with ideas and suggestions of simulations, how to improve system and became helpful educational tool. All these ideas are great, because they are ideas of teachers and educators and they reflect their needs. We continued developing system during free time, but more and more ideas and comments are comming. Therefore we decided to crowdfund explain3D  and create new tool that could by used in technical education.

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Where we want to get?

  1. Develop 8 complex simulations – create 8 complex simulations from field of mechanics, transportation and physics (for example: car simulation = transmission + differential + engine + clutch + brakes),
  2. Redesign user interface – for better experience from education, we would like to make redesign of web and user interface of simulations and add new functionality to simulations,
  3. Create virtual museum of inventors – create virtual museum of inventors with descriptions of their most valuable inventions, that changed the world.

Become part of team!

If you like interactive education and using of 3D simulations in education, become part of team. Contribute to our campaign and share the campaign! If you have more questions, feel free to contact me. Together, we can create education fun!

  • Peter Tomasovic
  • Founder of explain3D.com
  • peter@explain3d.com

Explain it in 3D!

Imagine a situation where you are trying to describe how something functions, but are having trouble finding the correct words. For example, how a manual transmission works, “Rotating gears… , shifting gear……..and how the car moves forward.” Explain3D is developing a simple and easy solution for this challenge: 3D interactive simulations.

Explain3D is a system of educational simulations, that help people understand how things work. Explain3D was recently launched at the beginning of September 2013 and there are currently 8 simulations available. The goal of the Explain3D team is to create an interactive educational tool. Explain3D is using principles of game based learning and interactive education in 3D environment.

Functionality

The simulations are online at explain3d.com and access to the system is free for all users. The simulations have a variety of functions, like rotation of selected simulation or you can get more information after clicking on objects. Some simulations have advanced functions, and become more interactive like the manual transmission where you can shift gears.

Technical requirements

There are no special technical requirements. If you have internet connection and web browser, you can start using these educational simulations. The only thing you need to do, is to install Unity web player (currently available for Windows and MAC OS X). Installation is fast and simple, it’s similar to flash player when you want to play online videos.

Suggest a simulation

Didn’t find simulation you needed? No problem! You can simply send a description of simulation you need and send it to explain3D. Just hit “suggest simulation” from “simulations” menu. The creators of explain3D will contact you, when the simulation is ready and online.