In design and technology, Year 6 has been learning about building structures. In our previous lessons we learnt about how to build different structures, for example a bridge. We learnt how to make rods from paper and make them really strong. We needed to use this knowledge of structures to build our final project: a dome.
The task and rules were that we had to make our structure one metre high, balance the weight of 2 kilograms, has to fit a person inside, needed to look nice and we were only allowed to use paper rods and tape. At first, our group built a triangular-based pyramid. Our base was super sturdy but our upper rods were extremely weak. We also didn’t even have a flat roof to put 2 kilograms on it! Instead, we only had a dull point as our “platform”. After a while, we looked at the other groups and we knew we were needed to change our design so we decided to make a cuboid instead. Like our first structure, the base was strong but as it got taller and taller, some the rods became wobbly and unstable. If we built the dome again we would use the same model as the other groups as their designs were much sturdier.
We really enjoyed learning about different structures and how to make them strong and effective. It was also great working in a team and improving our designs.
Updates from: Emma Yang, student in 6MD