Sunday, February 8, 2009

Provide Students with Spatial Experiences

Students in art classes learn to create 2-dimensional images and 3-dimensional objects. They also learn how to represent 3-dimensional objects and spaces in 2-dimensions. What strategies can we use to get students to develop skills in designing spaces and places?

Sometimes I wonder if even creating architectural models isn't more of a 3-D object activity than a true spatial learning activity. The students seem to treat the model as a 3-D object rather than a model used to conceptualize a space. Do they really think about what the spaces inside the model will be like?

UberArc Architectural Series provides an interesting learning experience for young builders. Those 10 years and older can construct skyscrapers from blueprints and building materials. They follow the steps architects take to construct a building, choosing from provided blueprints or creating a design of their own. They can apply online for a building permit which provides the wind loads and seismic loads for their proposed design in addition to offering a site location and name for their project.

A guide with basic building techniques is included to demonstrate techniques for building structures like walls, arches, curves, and more. The 1600 building pieces provided are made from recycled materials like straws and popsicle sticks. Highly flexible and sturdy links, crossbeams, and connecting panels interlock to form rigid structures that are easy to assemble.
Something really unique is that the UberStix products are engineered to work with existing building kits like, Lego and K'NEX as well as your own recycled materials, like paper clips and plastic cups.

Click on the heading above to learn more about Uberstix.

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