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Butter making artifacts: An exploration of 19th and early 20th century agricultural tools

Butter making artifacts: An exploration of 19th and early 20th century agricultural tools

With downloadable 3D files and activity sheets, students explore how butter was made, shaped and marked in the 19th and early 20th century. Emphasis is placed on making your own butter and creating your own butter stamp.

The 3D printing files can be downloaded individually. Activities and 3D print files for the module can be reproduced as necessary for your classroom.

TERMS OF USE

3D Printing Files

Download and print your very own butter mould and butter churn! These .stl files can be reproduced as needed for your classroom, and can be used in the activities below.

Download butter churn STL files

Download butter stamp STL files

Activity 1: Make your own butter

Have you and your students ever wanted to make butter like they did in the past? In this activity you all will have the opportunity to use a 3D printed butter churn to do just that!

Download ACTIVITY 1 PDF

Activity 2: Making a mark on butter

Your students will learn about how a butter mould was used to shape and mark butter in the 19th and 20th century. They'll then have a chance to create their own butter stamp!

Download ACTIVITY 2 PDF

Download Editable butter stamp STL file

Download Editable butter stamp SKP file

Want help in designing your own butter stamp? Here's a short video that will help.

Welcome to this guide on how to use Sketchup Make to add a name to the bottom of a butter stamp.

The first thing that you’ll see when you launch Sketchup Make is this welcome page. 

To start the program itself click on the “Start Using Sketchup” Button. The welcome page will close, and Sketchup Make will launch after a few moments.

Once the program has launched, click on the “File” menu in the top left corner of the screen. Then select “Open” and find the Editable butter stamp dot smk file. 

For ease of access we’ve left ours on the desktop.

Now that you’ve opened the butter stamp file, click on the “view” menu and select “Toolbars”.

Make sure that the large tool set option is checked and deactivate any other options. For example, if you’ve just installed the program, the “Getting Started” toolbar is likely checked.

Next, rotate the camera so that you are looking at the bottom of the butter stamp.

To rotate the butter stamp, click on the orbit button, then click and hold on the model you want to rotate and move your mouse back and forth.

Click on the “3D Text” button and move your cursor to the bottom of the butter stamp. A new window should appear.

Type your name into the box, set the height to thirty millimeters, and make sure the filled and extruded are checked in the form row.
Set the extruded value to 5 millimeters.

Press place. You can now move the text to where you want it. A good place would be the bottom left hand corner of the stamp.
To place it, just click the left mouse button. But, before you do, make sure that it says “on face” near your cursor.
This text will appear once you stop moving your mouse.

Don’t worry if the text is not oriented the way you want it, or if it’s too big. We’ll address that in a moment.
If the text is not facing the right direction for you, click on the “rotate” button. 

A protractor like image will appear once your text is in the drawing area.

Move the protractor over the text to the point you want to move the text around. You might see the protractor tool flip between being parallel to the top and side surfaces of the text while you move. This is defining the plane of rotation.

Make sure that the protractor is parallel to the top surface of the text and choose your rotation point.

Once you have chosen your rotation point, click the left mouse button. Your text should now be outlined in blue.

Now you will need to determine the length of the rotation arm. Move your mouse back and forth to vary the length.

A longer rotation arm means that you can rotate over smaller angles, though this is not important for this activity.

Once you have selected your arm length, click on the left mouse button again. You can now rotate your text. 

Move the mouse back and forth until you have found a satisfactory rotation, then click the left mouse button.
Don’t worry if your text is not over the stamp yet.

If you need to move your text, click on the move tool, then click on your name.

The text should now be outlined in blue, and you should be able to move the text anywhere you wish.

Once you have the text where you want it, click the left mouse button to place the text.

If you need to resize your text, click on the scale tool, then click on your name. The text should now be outlined in yellow with green boxes surrounding it.

Click and hold on one of the boxes, then move your mouse back and forth to resize your name. We recommend that you use the square found in one of the corners.

When you’re done, release the button.

Finally, right click on your text, then select “Flip along”. This will bring up another menu.

What you choose next depends on the orientation of your name. You want to flip your name along the axis running vertical to the text. 
In this case, that is the red axis, so we want to select “Component’s Red”.

Your personalized butter stamp is done. Print it off, then use it in the butter mold.

ArtiFactsheet

The artifacts collected, preserved, and displayed by Ingenium showcase Canada's rich history of innovation in science and technology. Each artifact tells a story of innovation and illustrates how science and technology have contributed to the transformation of Canada. Learn more about this artifact with this "ArtiFactsheet".

Download butter churn PDF

Download butter stamp PDF

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Stories from our collections, about the people we meet and the work we do at our three museums. Hosted by Collections and Research staff at Ingenium, find out about our diverse activities and projects, the exhibitions we work on, and the connections we make across Canada and around the world.

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AgVenture: From Sheep to Sweater School Program

NEW! Bring the museum experience to your classroom with the AgVenture mobile education program.

Programs are adapted based on grade level.

Program Description

What is a sheep? What are the responsibilities of shepherds and sheepdogs? How did pioneers turn a sheep’s fleece into clothing? This flexible program will allow your students to explore the properties of wool through fun activities.

Consult this Educational Activity Kit for ideas to extend the learning — and the fun!

FROM SHEEP TO SWEATER EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY KIT

Curriculum Links

ONTARIO QUEBEC
Kindergarten Science and Technology Preschool Competency 5 — To construct his/her understanding of the world
Grade 1 Science and Technology — Understanding Living Systems

Science and Technology —
Understanding Structures and Mechanisms
Elementary Cycle 1 Science and Technology
Competency — To explore the world of science and technology

Social Sciences
Geography, History, and Citizenship Education Competency—
To construct his/her representation of space, time, and society
Grade 2 Science and Technology — Understanding Living Systems Elementary Cycle 2 Science and Technology
Competency 2 — To make the most of scientific and technological tools, objects, and procedures

Social Sciences
Geography, History, and Citizenship Education
Competency 2—To interpret change in a society and its territory
Grade 3 Science and Technology
Social Studies — Heritage and Citizenship
   
Grade 4 Science and Technology — Understanding Life Systems    

Please see the following document for more detailed curriculum links:

Ontario Quebec

Fees

Fees vary, depending on the number and combination of workshops.

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Grade Level:
Daycare Centres 18 mos to 5 yrs - Grade 4 (Ontario)
Preschool - Elementary Cycle 2 (Quebec)
Fee
Fees vary
Duration
40 minutes
Dates Offered
Available from November 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020.
Program Location
At Your School

AgVenture: Henrietta Hen

AgVenture: Henrietta Hen school program

NEW! Bring the museum experience to your classroom with the AgVenture mobile education program.

Programs are adapted based on grade level.

Program Description

It’s hard to believe that the tiny Serama chicken is a distant relative of the terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex! Your students will hear the rooster crow, touch the hen’s soft feathers, and watch the museum’s chickens peck. Through fun educational activities, students will explore the characteristics, needs and behaviour of this barnyard star.

Curriculum Links

ONTARIO QUEBEC
Kindergarten Science and Technology Preschool Competency 5 — To construct his/her understanding of the world
Grades 1 and 2 Science and Technology — Understanding Living Systems Elementary Cycle 1 Science and Technology
Competency — To explore the world of science and technology
Grade 4 Science and Technology — Understanding Life Systems Elementary Cycle 2 Science and Technology
Competency 2 — To make the most of scientific and technological tools, objects, and procedures

Please see the following document for more detailed curriculum links:

Ontario Quebec

Fees

Fees vary, depending on the number and combination of workshops.

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Grade Level:
Daycare Centres 18 mos to 5 yrs - Grade 4 (Ontario)
Preschool - Elementary Cycle 2 (Quebec)
Fee
Fees vary
Duration
40 minutes
Dates Offered
Available from November 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020.
Program Location
At Your School