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Engineering With Triangles and Geometry: Modular Construction Build Techniques

In this four week course, we will create a series of large 3D constructions from drinking straws and pipe cleaners. We will start with simple units, and progress make larger and more complex structures. Math, geometry and engineering!
Ms. Diane Sutliff
188 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 6 learners
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year olds
learners per class


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$12 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 4 weeks
55 minutes per class

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Learners will understand modular construction, learn basic geometry, hone handcraft skills and get the opportunity to think and plan in three dimensions.
Thinking about triangles, all the time!
If learners are not able to complete the structures in class, I will ask they devote some outside time to assembling their constructions.
For these projects we will need *150 NON-BENDABLE drinking straws in assorted colors. If you can only source bendable straws, please purchase extra because we only use the straight portion. We will be cutting the straws into 3" and 3.5" segments, and we need about 300 segments in total. *150 12" chenille stems (also called pipe cleaners). *household wire cutters *needle nose pliers to bend the tips of the wires so sharp ends are buried *scissors *Sharpie or other permanent marker *ruler
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
We will be using wire cutters to snip the chenille stems.  The ends of the stems can be sharp and we will be using needle-nose pliers to bend the ends under.  It is helpful to have tools the correct size for your learner's hands.  I have small hands and really appreciate smaller hand tools.

This is an example of the kind of 5" wire cutter I use:

This is an example of the kind of 5" needle nose pliers I use:


Ms. Diane Sutliff
Lives in the United States
Make Something With Your Hands Every Day!
188 total reviews
184 completed classes

About Me

Outschool Families!  I have had to step away from my classroom for a bit here while I look after some elderly family members!  Hope to be back very soon.  Please add me to your favorites so you are the first to know when new sections are added! ... 
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