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P3G’s STEM Pyramid Building Challenge

 

On Friday 9th of March, we worked in small teams to complete a STEM pyramid building challenge. Based on the learning from our Egyptian Explorers topic, we had to collaborate to build our own pyramids using a variety of different materials such as paper and cello-tape, Lego, wooden bricks, play dough and art straws.

We created our own success criteria for our pyramids so that we could self and peer assess our creations. We decided our pyramids had to have equal sloping sides, be free standing and have a square base.

We worked in small groups to complete the task, so teamwork was important. Everyone was assigned a different job to do. We had a Team Leader, Resource Manager, Photographers, Quality Checkers and Time Checkers. Each person was responsible for their own job, but also had to help to contribute ideas and build the pyramids.

  

Here’s P3G’s reflections on the challenge:

Seb – “It was very hard because you had loads of different materials and we were not used to building with them.”

Katie – “I liked the one where you had to use straws and plasticine, it was easy.”

Gregoire – “I liked doing the Lego pyramids.”

Leila – “The pieces keeps on falling off the Lego pyramid when we were putting them on.”

John – “My group broke the big Lego pyramid we made and made a smaller one with bricks inside it so that it wouldn’t fall in.”

       

 

P3 STEM Pyramid Challenge

On Friday 9th of March, Miss McDonald set us the challenge of making STEM pyramids. We had to make pyramids using different materials:  paper and cello-tape, Lego, interlocking cubes, play dough and art straws. We needed to make sure our pyramids had equal sides, it was free standing and had a square base.

Teamwork was important for our challenge. Everyone in our groups had a job to do. We had a Team Leader, Resource Manager, Photographers, Quality Checkers and Time Checkers. Each person was responsible for their own job, but also had to help build our pyramids.

We found making a pyramid from paper was the most difficult. Only 2 groups out of 4 managed to make one! We felt that the play dough and art straws were easy, as well as the interlocking cubes.

Eilidh – “I thought it was really fun making the pyramids!”

Aaron – “I really liked the materials we were making the pyramids with. My favourite was the paper!”

Fraser R – “I really liked building the pyramid with the Lego because it was quite easy and you could use the blocks to help shape it.”

Eva – “I liked making the pyramid out of paper because it was a real challenge.”

Finn – “I found making the pyramids easy, especially the paper one – my group managed to make it!”