December 15, 2015
STEAM: Building a Gumdrop Dome
I present a regular program for big kids (Grades 1-5), wherein I combine my storytelling with components of science, word games, magic, and who-knows-what. The kids would probably be happy with week-after-week of Mentos being dropped into soda bottles--but it's cold outside this time of year, so it's nice to branch out.
Most of my projects come from science books & websites. This gumdrop dome project, which involved a stretch for some of the children in hand-eye coordination & spatial thinking, came from PBS's ZOOM! Here's the full PDF of the Gumdrop Dome activity on Zoom.
In the future, my group & I will apply what we learned about building strong structures, and try to see if we can create some gumdrop & toothpick buildings that can bear some real weight!
The biggest issue here is trying to keep the kids from licking the building materials.