## Introduction: Boston Neighborhood Demographics

Boston Racial Demographics by Neighborhood

## Step 1: Step 1: Meet the Teacher

Tim Harrison is a current Special Education teacher at Brighton High School in Brighton, MA. Tim has been teaching Math, ELA, and History for the past 7 years.

Tim is known passionately for his commitment to his students and developing a classroom environment of humor and empathy.

## Step 2: Map Out the City

After gathering demographic data, the Tinkercad work will only take approximately 10-30 minutes. Printing will vary depending on size and in-fill. A 10 cm x 10 cm model could take approximately 5 hours to 3D print, but you could also have students screenshot their work and present it as a digital or print infographic. They can also use Legos or clay to show off their data visually.

In addition, there is a wide array of standards, grade levels, and even subject areas to frame the project around. In the Unit link below will have several Common Core Standards for you to use. But in the meantime, here are some relevant lessons that should be implemented prior to the project. We are focusing on a social justice and artistic lens when implementing the overall unit. Make sure to implement these materials and lessons prior to students researching into Boston:

Race and Media In Boston Unit

## Step 3: Research Demographics

Once you and your students have determined a topic for their 3D population map, you can provide them with a list of resources related to their featured demographic to research. Here are some examples to start with:

Boston Demographics change over several decades

## Step 4: Copy the Template

Boston Demographics Map

When you access the file, click the blue "Copy & Tinker" button to edit it.

## Step 5: Edit the Height of One Neighborhood

Click on any neighborhood (object) that you wish to edit. Then click on the white box on top of the object. You will see the number 2.00 in a box to the right of it.

A tip for scaling: When you change the height of each object, it is easier to use 10.00 as 100% and scale all your statistics from there. So 50% would be 5.00, 20% is 2.00, etc.

## Step 6: Complete Height Changes

Make changes to all of the heights of the neighborhoods based on the research students have completed.

## Step 7: Final Thoughts

Check to make sure students have copied the 3D model (or lego model, or clay model)

Check to see if the neighborhoods have been adjusted to appropriate heights. Depending on the content you are teaching through this project, you might also check for deeper understanding by asking students to consider questions such as:

Why is it important for students to study demographics?

How does the map show implicit or explicit bias?