Students will learn to look at 3 dimensional shapes in terms of VOLUME, and how much space they take up, through this hands-on math and art combo assignment.
In class, we have been working our way through the shapes and mathematical terms for describing them. Perimeter, area, angles, and now volume. Included with our formulas and math problems were art projects, which looked at the make-up of three-dimensional geometric shapes.
Watch video on shape:
Robot Art School – Shape
Math Antics – Volume
Before break, I had briefly described our end of year project; a 3D city. Your student may already have an idea as to how they are going to make their 3D city. Attached are a few links describing how to make buildings and houses. The requirements for the project are as follows:
- Make a 3-Dimensional city out of recyclables
- The city must be to scale ( road size vs. a typical house should be relevant)
- City should take up at least a 2X2 square foot area ( a pizza box lid is a great start or Costco box)
- Make the city first. Trace the OUTLINE of each shape on the cardboard before gluing structures down to use as a guide to make a key
- Make a separate map for the city. Key/map must be to scale, most likely a 1:2 ration, meaning the actual city is twice the size as the map.
- Possible materials: Ruler, plain paper for map and to cover recyclables for structures (oatmeal containers and cereal boxes work great!), glue or tape, pencils, markers
DIY Miniature Modern City (you do not need to use Origami)
LOTS OF VIDEOS online for shoebox cities!
Extra Credit SUPER FUN Assignment:
Think you can draw this???
I bet you can! Use the link below to make a floating “A” or another letter!
Paper, scissors, pencil, eraser, shading pencils (if you have them, now you get to use them!)
I would LOVE to share the results of both projects when we are able! Please take pictures!
Data Collection: Students will use data collection to figure out percentages of a population sample which will allow them to make marketing decisions for their product.
Science Experiment: Upon completion of a hands-on assignment, students will use their knowledge of ratios and percentages to determine if an experiment is reliable.
Survey and data collection:
At this point, your students should have a thorough understanding of the following:
Creating a product, bringing a product to the marketplace, advertising, negotiating with an investor, preparing a presentation about your product and business, monthly accounting for a business, and how to create a survey for your potential buyers to improve your product
Students have their completed surveys (probably in their back packs) waiting to be revised, edited, and sent out to 15 (hypothetical) potential buyers. This part is tricky, but I think most family members and friends would be willing to participate. After revising your survey, send out your survey via email (per CDC recommendations for social distancing 😊) to 12-15 people. This is a SAMPLE of a larger group of people. We have been discussing how surveying a group of similar people can skew data, but we need feedback from potential buyers or existing customers. So, we need to try and balance both of those factors.
Explain in the email to your 12-15 survey participants that your product is a hypothetical product. You may want to explain your product, or at least the type of product that it is, without revealing too much information that would skew data (depends on your survey and the type of questions that you ask).
Example: If you are the owner of Starbucks and you are trying to find information about potential customers, not existing, you might not want to reveal that you are the massive coffee producer.
Data collection: Keep one survey to collect your data on. You can use tally marks to keep track of how respondents answered. Keep track of any special comments or write ins.
Figure out the percentages of each survey question. Example: Would you like to pick up your coffee in your car? If 12 respondents out of 15 answered YES, that would mean 80% of respondents would like the option to pick up coffee from their car (12/15). You would have to decide if making this switch would be beneficial for your business.
Collect data and turn it into a presentation for your parents/family members. Make sure to explain WHAT the data represents and HOW you would use the data to improve your business or product.
Have fun with it! I remember my first data collection assignment. I thought it was so useless. As I started collecting data and recognizing trends, I found everything more interesting.
We briefly discussed our end of the year collaboration with SCIENCE. Students were asked to select an experiment that can be duplicated at home. They must write, in detail, the steps of their experiment, supplies, objective, and outcome. They must specify any outliers and why the experiment varied from what was expected. The more times the experiment is replicated, the more reliable the data collected. Data will be used and transformed into percentages and/or ratios to prove or disprove an experiments validity.
Here are some examples:
We would love to see pictures and videos of the experiments being performed! Please send to: