Technical Drawings and Water Towers


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We’ve got almost 70 on our roster for pre-season activities…it makes our classroom pretty crowded, but allows for lots of good group work activities.

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We played an epic game of broken telephone to see how good our listening skills are. For the record, they are pretty bad! The message evolved from “a newborn pig has 5 grams of fat” to “palm games and watermelon”.

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We split up into 2 groups for our main activities, technical drawing, where we learned about isometric and orthographic drawing

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We made objects with linking cubes, drew them, and then traded drawings with friends and constructed new objects from the drawings.

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Finally we made a more complicated part out of plasticine….this one had holes and round parts

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Lots of us made good parts!
We had a snack break and played a game of “squirt” before switching groups.

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Thanks to those who brought such great snacks!

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For the Water Tower activity, we used flip chart paper and tape to suspend a water bottle the highest we could off the ground.

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Materials were rationed, and we were judged based on the cost of our structure, the heat, and how cool it looked.

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We learned lots about group work while we were figuring out this task. Some of us worked through conflicts, and others worked on listening skills.

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The most successful groups used lots of triangles in their design.

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Our mentors built one tower, but tried to use rectangles. They didn’t end up with a really good product.

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Even our mentors are learning!

Keep collecting pledge forms for Stacey’s climb! Also, be reminded that our meeting is Tuesday next week, after Thanksgiving.

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