In this week's spotlight: a civil engineering family science experiment that guides students in building a simple geodesic dome from candies and toothpicks (or tubes made from newspaper) and then exploring the shape. How strong is a geodesic dome? How much weight can it hold? Where in nature and architecture can you find examples of dome shapes?
- Build a Gumdrop Geodesic Dome (Science Buddies activity)
- Dome Sweet Dome (full Science Buddies Project Idea)
- Family Math: Making a Geodesic Dome from Straws (a family adapts the project using straws to make a large dome at home)
- Sphere-Based Science: Build Your Own Geodesic Dome (science activity at Scientific American)