penny bridge

Penny Bridge – Make a bridge and see how many pennies it will support. Supplies 4 to 6 books (enough to make 2 stacks the same height) 5X8 index cards 10 -20 pennies for each team Scissors 1. Take an index card, gently bend the card so that it has a curve. Position the cardboard on a table so that it resembles an arch. Press down on the center of the arch. What happens to the ends of the cardboard? 2. Make 2 stacks of books with a gap of about 4 inches between them. Make sure the stacks are … Continue reading penny bridge

cardboard chair

Design a cardboard chair Problem-finding – What is it? Why is it important? Watch the video – author of The Way Things Work, David Maccauley talks about sketching for designing in this video Design your chair by sketching your ideas and thinking about the problems of creating a chair from cardboard. When you have a pretty good chair design, create a model of your chair from the piece of folder and tape. Test that your design works the way you designed it to – the model stands, holds weight, could actually be made from the materials provided, … Problem-finding – … Continue reading cardboard chair

spatial thinking

Spatial thinking, or spatial reasoning is thinking about the positions of objects, their shapes, their spatial relations to one another and the movement they make. Engineers are usually good at spatial visualization – imagining three-dimensional objects. This is a skill, that you can learn and improve with practice. Most girls need more opportunities for building visualization and spatial reasoning skills. Spatial Visualization quiz – Rotations – Take the test. Spatial awareness puzzles rely on your ability to visualize and mentally manipulate objects in an environment. Spatial reasoning often requires comprehending 2D or 3D space. These spatial puzzles and games test … Continue reading spatial thinking

k-3 maker space

Top Five Maker Projects for the Beginning Maker Ed Teacher | woodshopcowboy Start Small! Towers of Power A great starting point for a beginning Maker teacher. Students build towers made of just paper and scotch tape. Students can build the tallest tower Making a Makerspace: Top Five Materials in an Educational Makerspace | woodshopcowboy Rope & Twine & String Ropes are integral part of most moving structures, decorations, tool handles and tons more. Entire articles of clothing are weaved together from rope Beginner’s Guide to Maker-ize An Elementary Classroom – HonorsGradU MakerSpaces are designed to make students wonder, question, and … Continue reading k-3 maker space