Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Third Graders creating scale models of the world's tallest buildings

Last year my third grade students went big Cane's Arcade style when creating scale models of the world's tallest buildings. This activity takes a while but it builds so many skills and hits so many tech and math standards.

  • Research

  • Sketchup 3D model exploration

  • How to work in teams

  • Converting to scale (division)

  • Converting decimals to fractions

  • Measurement

  • Creativity

To me it's really what STEM or STEAM learning should be about.

This year we are greatly scaling down the size of the buildings. 100 feet of reality equals 1 inch of model. After weeks of prep and design we are finally into the making stages. Here is a quick glimpse of the energy we are generating today.

I will be sure to share some of the finished models when we progress that far.

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