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Build a Gumdrop Geodesic Dome

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by Teisha Rowland, PhD
Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
geodesic dome, architecture, geometric shapes, Buckminster Fuller
Completed geodesic dome built using gumdrops and toothpicks for a science activity.

Introduction

Have you ever seen a geodesic dome? Geodesic domes are approximately sphere-like structures made up of interconnected triangles. A famous geodesic dome is Spaceship Earth at EPCOT in Walt Disney World, Florida, but geodesic domes are also commonly found as climbing domes at playgrounds. In this science activity, you will get to build a simple geodesic dome using gumdrops and toothpicks. Once it is built, you may be surprised by how strong it is! Get ready to do some tasty engineering!

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Teisha Rowland, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Gumdrops (11). Alternatively, jelly beans or other semi-firm, chewy candies may be used.
  • Toothpicks (25)
    Materials for making a geodesic dome.

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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
geodesic dome, architecture, geometric shapes, Buckminster Fuller