- Why do I have a box of straw pieces?
- What are you thinking about doing with all those straws….?
And, to find out the rest of the story, hmmmm…….keep reading!
How about Geodesic Domes!
Start by learning about domes!
Time to Plan
Then it was time to gather straws and pieces of straws and make some decisions about how to make the triangles and join them together.
Lots of Different Ways
You can see above that students found some ways to connect those triangles with the pipe cleaners. I did spend some time helping groups learn how to twist those pipe cleaners together. These are great materials in the STEM lab, but you might have to show kids how to use them!
For this challenge, we used white pipe cleaners so the straws would be the main colors of the finished domes. Usually, we use really bright colors, like these:
“We should have already known this stuff about the triangles and hexagons cause of pattern blocks!”
Great colors! We hung our domes from the ceiling and displayed them for all classes to see!