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Year 5 Build Their Own Domes

14 January 2015

Last Friday, Year 5 were set the challenge of building a geodesic dome out of newspapers. Lia Skog and Seonaid Jervis from 5S tell us about what they did and how they got on...

  • Year 5 students at BISS Puxi building their own geodesic domes.

This activity was the entry point to our new themed learning topic, ‘Building a Village’.

Previously we had been learning about why people choose to live in certain places and what types of dwellings they live in. One type of dwelling, although none of us live in one, is a geodesic dome. They have a unique shape which makes them stronger as they get bigger.

We watched a video on how to make a geodesic dome and then we were split into groups of five to make our own domes. We rolled up newspaper using bamboo sticks to help roll the paper and then taped it together.

We had to make 36 rolled newspapers that were 71cm long and 32 rolled newspapers that were 63cm long, then we could start building. We started off using 10 long rolled newspapers to make a 10 sided shape called a decagon and stapled them together. We then had to make triangles and staple them together. We had to make two layers of the triangles and then we could make a star shape in the middle.  You can see some of our work in the pictures at the top of this blog post.

Next time to improve our domes we think we will make the circular part thick and strong so it’ll stand better. Also we will try to do more to work better as a team, because some groups who didn’t work enough as a team, their domes didn’t work as well.

It was really fun but also really challenging. This is what some other Year 5 students thought about the day:

“I liked to help hold the dome up and roll the paper into tubes. I think it was fun because we had to measure all the tubes. My favourite thing was holding the paper dome when we put the waterproof sheet over.” Arnaud 5B

“I liked building the dome because it was fun and I also liked rolling the paper tubes. I liked when my friends were building the top part of the dome so I was doing the splits to help hold it up!” Asia 5I

“I really liked the dome building because it was really interesting and I got to do stuff that I’ve never done before. We felt great but it soon fell down. My favourite bit was holding it up.” Bo 5P

“Building the dome was quite tiring. I liked rolling the paper but the sticking bit was a disaster. My favourite bit was when we made the first layer because it was easy and fun but next time we could work more as a team and all do it the same way.” Kyra 5S

I liked building the dome because it was really fun and it included lots of teamwork and when we had to sit in the dome some people survived and some didn’t. My favourite part was rolling the newspaper into tubes because you had to make it perfect and strong. Sofia 5U

Thank you to all our parents who came in and helped us!

- Lia Skog and Seonaid Jervis, 5S 

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