This fall, our district math coach, Karyn Vogel, and I bumped into each other at the Sam Green/ Yo La Tengo live documentary, The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller. Inspired by Fuller's vision of doing more with less and designing beautiful structures to help people, Karyn and I set up an art/math challenge for the 4th grade students at IAA. Pictured in the gallery below are images of "Bucky" and one of his famous geodesic domes, as well as process photos from our 4th grade project. Students are creating two geodesic domes out of rolled up newspapers, working together to roll the paper, measure the tubes, test them for strength, re-roll when needed, and plan the domes, which will be constructed in the coming weeks.
Ada Leaphart, Visual Art Teacher at the Integrated Arts Academy