It was STEM Tuesday in my classroom today, and I'm totally flying fancy free in this department right now. Curriculum and guidelines are on the way, but until then...I love that I get to use my own imagination!
We have been learning about Greek architecture in social studies, so their task today was to build a structure that 1) could stand by itself 2) had either a freize for a column and 3) had a roof. We used only toothpicks and marshmallows. You can see the "freize" in the photo above.
A few significant discoveries my little architects made....
X's give the structure more stability
The more "corners" or joices you have, the more unstable the structure becomes
Breaking down (and eating) our structures has to be more fun than the armies that broke down the Parthenon.