I call these STEM challenges “Cheap and easy" because they cost next to nothing for materials. Prep is minimal, too.
Geodesic domes are partial spheres made of connected triangles. The triangles are rigid and provide structure and distribute the stress.
You see geodesic domes everywhere. They’re in playgrounds and Epcot at Walt Disney World. They’re based on a geodesic polyhedron. It was named geodesic by R. Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller. He didn’t create it but he made it popular!
This product begins with a short blurb about why use STEAM at all. Then I review the NGSS standards this addresses and for which grades (2-5). Finally I review the activities. I made two student sheets for the geodesic challenge: use the colorful version for projecting and the B&W sheets for the kids.
Have a great time making your geodesic domes!