Math, science, art, psychology, and architecture all converge as teams of students work together to build a variety of polyhedral geometric structures. Students participate in the construction of several two-story geodesic domes seating 30 people!. Large scale icosahedrons (pictured), octahedrons, and 25 foot tall pentagonal towers are in the mix as well.
By utilizing c-pvc pipe to erect large scale geostructures, students visualize the terminology, principles, relationships, and real world relevance of their constructions. An immensely rich source of ideas for integrating across the curriculum and reinforcing the STEAM frameworks.
This 50-75 minute program can often accommodate an entire school population by repeating sessions (of 50-75 students each) throughout the day. Although most appropriate for grades two through six, students as young as five years old have shown the abilities to construct these shapes and grasp the underlying ideas that they represent. The program is equally appropriate for junior and senior high school students for the extension of thinking skills by way of applied geometry.
An all-day in-depth format is also available for older groups.
For 20 years this particular program by Mallory Bagwell has been strongly popular and consistently requested by schools, libraries, and professional conferences throughout New England. Over 15 schools have "written" the experience into their math enrichment curriculums year after year for the last decade.
Space needs require access to a gymnasium or the out-of-doors (weather permitting) with set up and take down times averaging 45 minutes.