Students warmed up this morning by sharing their shape creations at tables then using iPads and iTouches to explore Google Earth, Simple Physics, and Bridge Builder Simulator. Next they reflected on the first half of the year and what they'd like to work on during the second half.
Bridges was next. We picked up where we left off last week with perspective, practicing drawing different views. Then we reviewed the bridge building code and I modeled how to draw a bridge design on graph paper. For homework each student will design his/her own truss beam bridge. A side view, road bed view, and end view are required. A top view is only required if the student plans to build something at the top connecting the two sides. Students have handouts with a summary of the guidelines.
In Architecture we used students' homework to introduce architecture, learning how it is a visual art and what skills an architect needs to be successful. Students explored "form follows function" from Louis Sullivan, applying this idea to various structures. Next we moved into adornment, viewing many different structures and analyzing how and why we adorn. For homework, students think more about adornment and adorn a column of their own to represent themselves, including what they value.
Using scale and creating floor plans were the focus of From the Ground Up. We reviewed the building code for the model houses and students created the original floor plans for their houses. After a peer review and a review by the building inspector these were finalized.
Homework this week:
1. Bridge plan
2. Finish adornment sheet and create your column using the cardstock.
Don't forget the PAGE Meeting this Saturday, 2/13. More details are in the flyer below.