Note: To protect the privacy of our members, e-mail addresses have been removed from the archived messages. As a result, some links may be broken.
Architecture as sculpture, types of bridges or skyscrapers. There are two
great books that my husband has been using with science, and I've been
planning to use with art... I don't have the titles handy, but you would
know them if you saw them, black and white photos - the books are tall
(skyscrapers) or long (bridges) - great facts. You could use them for
planning and then as a resource after the students start. It's funny, but
many of the activities that would be appropriate for science classes are
some that I started with in my college sculpture class (100 matchsticks -
build the highest tower to support the most weight...).
You could start with simple materials - cardstock or index cards, bamboo
skewers (cut points off), glue... and then introduce others tools and
materials (drills, saws, hammers - wood, wire etc.)
Or mobiles and stabiles...
Or machines/ movable sculptures - gears, pulleys, belt drives, cam shafts
etc can all be made with cardboard and junk (empty containers, spools
Any type of material challenge - everyone starts with the same materials and
then shares at the end, explaining the design process.
All of these things can be done from K on up.. I have yet to see a person
that really didn't like to build with their hands, especially when they
start tinkering - great for group work too. Just enough movement that you
can control with the activity.
If you are close to Louisville, KY - I have a wonderful person with great
stuff that does school visits to share- and will work with groups too.