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This activity is a scaleddown version of the Garden
PolesBuilding Out activity. If you have previously done that activity,
you may want to repeat it after trying the skewer activity to emphasize
the effects of changing scale. The 9inch bamboo skewers are about onesixth
the linear dimensions of the garden poles.
Initiate the building with skewers in the same manner as you did the garden
poles. The students need some time to get familiar with working with skewers
and tape. If this is your students' first use of skewers, start with a
45minute session in which students are asked to build a selfstanding
structure using 35 skewers and masking tape. Give them the following rules
for construction:
The tape can only be wrapped
twice around any given joint or stick.
When joining sticks in a straight
line, the sticks may only be taped together at two points (at each of
these points, the piece of tape may only be wrapped around twice).
