This week, Year 3 have become engineers! Veruka Salt has commissioned us to build some geodesic domes to protect her golden egg.
Geodesic domes were originally created by Buckminster Fuller. He discovered that creating a structure made up of lots of trianglular modules made the structure very strong and rigid.
With our engineer learning partner, we used cocktail sticks and gummy sweets to create our prototypes. We first had to measure out 35 60mm sticks and 30 54mm sticks so that we could be ready to build.
The next steps involved following Buckminster Fuller’s design to build up the dome. This was very fiddly and challenging. At so many stages we had to stop, check and redo things. Working with our engineer learning partner meant that we could support eachother, making sure that we stay positive when we get stuck and patiently persevere.
I think you’ll agree that the finished products look amazing!
Why are geodesic domes strong?
What did you find challenging when building your dome? How did you overcome that challenge?