Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Week Eleven - Cool Catalog Creations

We've gotten some great solutions already! But, judging on the number submitted so far, I am guessing that some of you think this is a hard one. One suggestion if you are struggling is to think about what you can do with paper and what some of the strongest structures are. Maybe you just don't get as much junk mail as we do!

First, Snufkin and Moomintroll sent their solutions in. Snufkin used a very very thick Argos catalogue. Ambitiously choosing the thickest tome, she made double triangular folded paper 'columns' tied with more catalogue paper. She used the catalogue as a base for those crucial extra inches, and then used the thicker catalogue cover papers as 'floors' on which to place her next layer of columns.Superb work!

Moomintroll hit upon the idea of making 'bricks' out of origami boxes. He folded each piece of paper diagonally and then trimed the extra rectangle off using the catalogue itself instead of a ruler to tear against.When he had a perfect square, he could make his origami boxes. The Tesco catalogue has a thousand pages. Moomintroll made the boxes at a rate of ten a day and so estimated that he could make a really massive structure in about one hundred days! This one with fourteen boxes is ten and 1/4 inches high. Fantasic job!

Taylor made his tower from a thin Craftsman Tools catalog/flyer that came in the mail. It was 17” tall, 25” long, and 23” deep. Awesome job Taylor!

Jacob participated for the first time this week. He created this cool tower!

Shamus also joined us for the first time. His tower is also very cool!

Susie created another fantabulous tower.

Ellen created a tremendous tower.

Laura built a fantastic tower. Thanks for joining us!

Lacy and Jordan joined us this week for the first time and they did a great job! Both made structures out of crumpled balls of paper. Joanna and her mom made a structure out of twisted pages layered criss-cross. Congratulations on a job well done!

Here is Lucas, age 9, with his cone constructed tower It's awesome!

H and T created several cool towers. Some were wider, others taller. Great job girls!

The first tower by Josh and Jacob was crumpled pages put in a pile....didn't hold very well. SOOOOO.......Mungi, their grandma told them that, when she was young, her family didn't have money for staples so they tore little "flaps" to hold paper together. She showed them how to make the blocks and then use the "flaps" to hold them together. Then they discovered that since we had so much crumpled paper we could put a ball of paper in the block and it would be sturdier. Awesome job guys!

Andy and Will did an awesome job this week! You guys used some cool construction techniques! Great work.

Selena built Stripey's tower, Stripey's small tower and Stripey's Flower Tower. Very very cool Stripey towers!

Instead of building a tower this week, Alex and Charlie went back and completed the week 9 challenge. Go back and check out their apple sculptures. They did a great job! Also, I just added Selena'a xylophone to the Halloween challenge. It's awesome!

Monkeet made an awesome tower from boxes and columns. He had paper boxes like bricks at first and then realized he could get columns to actually stay in place if they were resting inside the paper box instead of just on top of the box. Great job!

1 comment:

Ruskin said...

Wow, what wonderful solutions this week! Well done everyone!