Engineering Towers | Elementary School Educator Curriculum
Use innovation to explain how to make a sculpture out of smaller parts.
Use this activity to experiment with sculpting of materials. This will aid students in designing their tower using art for aesthetic design that will accompany the engineering and science design of their tower.
OBJECTIVE: Learners will be able to interact with the artistic form of sculpting.
SCULPTING is the art of creating three-dimensional forms. The artists who create sculptures are called sculptors. Some processes include removing material (carving), forming material (casting or molding) or assembling materials (welding, gluing, or binding in some fashion).
- Discuss with students what sculpting is as an art form.
- Ask students to sketch out and build an object by sculpting (cutting, assembling, gluing, shaping, etc.)
- Students may then reflect on the sculpting process through the reflection questions and discuss.
- How can we think differently about something?
- Put to other uses
- Why is it important to hold off on evaluation and allow ideas to grow and change?
- How are structure made up of different, smaller parts?
- What did you learn about paper from creating your sculpture?
Project 10 Lever Experiment
Explore the concepts of balance and symmetry and how they relate to tower construction.
Project 11 The Language of Form
Experiment with 3D space by exploring the various attributes of aesthetic form.
Project 12 Drawing of Group Design
Reflect on the concept of group design and how it impacts the design process.
Project 14 Team Plan and Task Assignments
Share the wealth by assigning tasks for learners to complete their projects.
Project 15 Building Our Tower
Devise a method of reflecting on the engineering process through the use of journaling.
Project 16 Earthquake Table Test
Devise an experiment to test the structural soundness of their tower design.