SWhat does Fuller mean when he says he wants to “step outside the circle?” Fuller wanted to solve world problems using unusual solutions. Have you seen a geodesic dome on a playground? In this challenge, students use dowels, straws, and tubes to create geodesic domes. Design and test ways to connect the cylinders so they form a strong structure! STEAMvestigations are stand-alone activities that help kids ask questions, dream up ideas,This engineering-focused STEAMvestigation is also part of the STEAMstart: BioDome Bees Unit.
The guides for this activity include:
• Kids STEAMvestigation Handout
• Educator's Background Notes
• Design Logbook Pages
• Literacy Connection "OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE"
You supply recycled materials, string, craft options, straws, tubing if available, dowels if available, clay for making balls.
Half-class or full-class materials kits are available for this STEAMvestigation. To introduce the full STEAMstart Unit including 5 subject-focused STEAMvestigations and a culminating Unit Challenge, order the STEAMstart BioDome Bees Unit for camps, clubs, and after school programs.