The Physics of Geodesic Domes - STEM Design and Construction Project

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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
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This project lets students learn about the physics and math behind geodesic domes as they research and create one with their team. After introducing the lesson with a short video (link included in resources), students work with their team to design and build a geodesic dome. First, students create the model using Sketchup (free downloadable CAD software available at: http://www.sketchup.com/download?sketchup=make). Then, using their design, they build the structure to scale with their team. Next, students present their project to the class and explain their design choices. Finally, students reflect on and summarize their learning with short answers to questions about the experience and what they learned.

This lesson was created for 7th and 8th grade, but could also be used successfully in upper elementary grades or high school as well.

Files included:
• Teacher & Student Resources
• Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric for Sketchup CAD drawing
• Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric for building project
• Team Sign Up Sheet
• Reflection Questions

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7
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Teaching Duration
1 Week

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The Physics of Geodesic Domes - STEM Design and Constructi
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The Physics of Geodesic Domes - STEM Design and Constructi
The Physics of Geodesic Domes - STEM Design and Constructi
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