This three-week unit combines geometry, material science, and graphic design, delivering great learning potential. After building structures from straws and pipe cleaners, students compare the strengths of three different polyhedrons and then calculate the efficiency of each. Then, they are challenged to construct the tallest self-supporting straw tower possible. In the second part of the unit, students enter the world of package design to create a telescoping box with a tessellation design. Then, they test the strength of different bonding materials used in packaging and design and build a box to hold a specific volume.
Have a class of more than 24 students? No problem! Four-student add-on packages are available.
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