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>For a number of years I had my students work with scrap wire, but in
>spite of my efforts they always struggled to stabilize it instead of
>exploiting its flexibility. This year I visited the Alexander Calder
>100th Anniversary show in Washington, D.C., and returned with a book and
>a video. After the students saw images of Calder playing with his wire
>toys and experimenting with mobiles, they created imaginative projects
>that made the wires ³dance². Second graders were walking about
>balancing wires on their fingers and making little creatures with
>extremities that wiggled.
>Calderıs life story also offers a powerful connection to workplace
>readiness, as he was able to turn the toys he created as a child into a