A Technology Internship for High School Students
Combining 3D Modeling/Printing, Virtual Reality, and Mill Valley History

Stay tuned for future cycles of Building History in 3D! In the meantime, come visit the History Room to explore TimeWalk Mill Valley, the virtual model of Mill Valley that local high school students have helped to build. You'll don an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and step back in time, virtually.

Libraries, schools, and historical organizations can learn more about how to start a Building History in 3D program of your own here.

What is “Building History in 3D?”

A semester-long internship program in which high school students use local history research and SketchUp 3D modeling software to recreate Mill Valley buildings as they were in the past. Students choose a Mill Valley building and participate in a series of hands-on tech classes to complete their 3D models. Finished models are rendered in TimeWalk Mill Valley, a historical virtual world. Students learn SketchUp, get an introduction to the game engine Unity, and help showcase Mill Valley history.

Project Background

In 2017, the Mill Valley Library received grant funding to develop Building History in 3D. The program debuted in the fall of 2017. Building History in 3D was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. The program is a collaboration with TimeWalk.org, an open source project enabling students and other contributors to build historically accurate 3D models of their towns.