Waninitawingaang Memorial School students bring learning to life
Tim Brody - Associate Editor
A Grade 2/3 class at Waninitawingaang Memorial School (WMS) in Kejick Bay, Lac Seul First Nation, brought learning to life through the creation of a geodesic dome.
A geodesic dome, WMS Principal Alisha Hill shared, “is a hemispherical shell that is made of interlocking triangles. The triangle is a rigid shape that helps distribute structural stress throughout the structure. If the dome used interlocking squares instead of triangles the structure would have collapsed under its own weight.”
Students created the dome as part of their strong and stable structures science unit.
Hill noted the creation of the dome allowed students to get hands-on with their learning.
Hill pointed out, “It let the students explore different ways in which the strength of materials can be altered, in this case, making newspaper a strong building material by rolling it into cylinders. They were also able to see the strength of the structure and its ability to support a load.
In this case, the load is the weight of the newspaper triangles. Students also had to use math measuring skills to cut the various tubes to different lengths.”
Students worked on the project for approximately two weeks during science class time.
The structure, constructed from 65 newspaper tubes, took two hours to assemble.
“Students had to support the weight of the structure until the centre beams could be taped together. It required a lot of patience and teamwork from the students,” Hill commented.
Students had a lot of thoughts to share about the project.
“I was glad it was finally done. I liked it because my friends helped to build it,” said Nishawn Trout.
“I had fun building the dome. Painting it was fun,” added Hayden Kejick.
“I liked building the dome. I like that I can climb inside it,” Kellen Gray said.
Monique Jacques shared, “It was cool and interesting to learn about it and it was the most fun I had this year. My arms were tired but I didn’t stop.”
“I liked it because it was fun. I liked building it with my friends,” remarked Roger Strang.
Castielle Quill noted, “I was bored because it took too long to build and I got tired. I could have fallen asleep. I couldn’t hold it any longer. I like that you can go inside the dome.”
“It was kind of boring building it. My arms were lazy because they held the dome too long,” said Kyleon Littledeer.
“So happy!” Natasha Trout exclaimed.
“I hated building the dome because it is in our way when we try to do our dance,” Embry Ogemah said.
“I liked painting it,” Shayla Meekis commented.
“I liked measuring the cylinders,” Breeann Ross shared.
“My arms were tired from holding all of that newspaper. I call it the newspaper dome! I like that it is made out of newspaper,” Trevor Shawinimash concluded.