Applied math, engineering, design, 3D art, economics, and creativity . . .
Imagine building your own small studio in your backyard and decorating it to suit your personality. Would you have a carpeted library complete with a desk and laptop where you couldn’t be bothered by brothers, sisters, or parents? How about a miniature basketball court with a big screen television—a raucous playroom for you and your friends? Maybe you would add a loft, skylights, and a hot tub. Maybe you will open your very own little shop and sell pastries or toys.
In The Studio, students build and design miniature studios from the ground up—framing them in a similar fashion of houses or sheds. Students get a lot of practice with Common Core Standards in measurement, ratios/proportions/scale, and must apply math skills to interpret blue prints drawn to different scales before they can construct the studio successfully. It will take logic, visual-spatial ability, and a creative as well as practical approach to complete this project.
I recommend this project for advanced upper elementary, independent study, home school, or middle school. My students complete this project during the last semester of 5th grade . . . but my GATE engineers have been designing and building since 3rd grade.
Estimated Time -- 18+ hours
You’ll get plans and pictures to guide students through the process (including 3 alternative designs), suggestions about how to adapt the project for a whole class exploration instead of an independent study, a list of standards referenced, a scoring rubric, and two extension ideas—one for math/economics and one for advertising—in this unit.
The cost of the project is approximately $10 per student; you may want to consider charging a project fee for this project.