STEM Activity Challenge: Geodesic Domes

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STEM Challenge: Here’s one more great STEM building challenge with the easiest of supplies: Straws and Pipe cleaners!

Note: This challenge is available in a money-saving bundle!

This challenge is to build a geodesic dome! Students will use only two materials for the dome! Straws and pipe cleaners (some of you call those chenille stem). The challenge involves some research prior to beginning and some discussion of geometric shapes.

Students will be challenged to find a way to use the two materials to make a three dimensional shape that will piece together and keep its shape. This is challenging since the side panels need to be made with shapes that have sides of the same length. If you have straws with flexible bending parts this presents its own challenge. Do you cut that part off or try to incorporate it in the shapes?

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes: straws, pipe cleaners (chenille stems), and scissors.

The package specifically includes: cover, teacher background, materials and preparation page, 3 pages of teacher directions, 3 pages of helpful hints, a constraints list, 4 pages of photographs, lab sheet, Geodesic Dome Information page, and the credits page. Sample student answer sheets are not included, but samples from student work are included in the teacher direction pages. The page count listed for this package includes everything.

This challenge will need 2-3 class sessions to compete.

If you like using straws as a supply for STEM you might also like these:
STEM Challenge: Bucket Towers
STEM Challenge: Straw Hoop Flyers

All three challenges with straws can be purchased in a money-saving bundle:
STEM Challenges: A Bundle Using Straws

Or, even better this challenge can be found in a money-saving 6-Pack!STEM Challenges 6-Pack Bundle featuring Easy Supplies

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If you like experimenting and then designing you might also like these:

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STEM Activity Challenge: Geodesic Domes
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STEM Activity Challenge: Geodesic Domes
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