Ancient Engineering

There’s something to be said for ancient engineering, and one simple design—the triangle. This fall, 5th graders learned a thing or two about the strength and resiliency of the triangle as a base for construction while combining their knowledge with a piece of ancient Egyptian history.

“It’s great to be able to combine our science and history classes to create an interdisciplinary approach that encourages our students to get creative, think critically, work together as a team and get them excited about learning.”

—Ms.   Williams

Mr. Branson Lawrence and Ms. Robyn Williams’ science and history classes joined forces to create ancient Egyptian pyramids in the new MakerSpace classroom. Students teamed up to become royal engineers hired by Pharaoh Khufu to build his pyramids. To test their engineering skills, each team built a pyramid out of everyday materials— dry noodles, notecards and tape. Just like ancient times, teams were allowed to trade unwanted items for items they needed to construct their pyramid. Before construction commenced, the teams watched a design video on the power of using triangles in construction. With that in mind, students set out to create a 30-centimeter tall pyramid that could potentially hold the weight of a brick.