Some Structures

On one of our outings during the summer, my family and I saw some interesting structures.

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A bridge-like structure. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The exhibits were made of small pieces of wood that were covered in some type of paper. The creator of these structures must have had patience to glue all these small pieces together.

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Looking closer at the bridge-like structure. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The structures got me thinking of the school curriculum (once a teacher, always a teacher!). Even though I do not teach the grade that has structures as part of its curriculum, I believe the opportunity may come up in kindergarten.

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A frame-like structure. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

If it does, I shall be on the lookout for rectangular-shaped pieces that little hands can use to construct. The outcome may not be as sophisticated as what we saw, but the design ideas are sure to be there.

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Close-up of the frame-like structure. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I have 14 boys in my class this year, and I am sure that among them there will be some budding engineers who may wish to build bridges or construct the steel works in buildings.

What interesting structures have you seen recently?

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(This post was inspired by Paula’s Black and White Sunday)