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Build a Dome

Many structures are built around frameworks made of straight, rigid pieces of wood or metal, called members, connected together. Forces generated in the members support the structure.

In this activity, drinking straws are used as members, to make a self-supporting dome.

Curriculum links

KS3 Science: Balanced forces

KS3 Maths: Geometry and measures

Learning outcomes

  • Investigate how 2D shapes can form strong 3D structures
  • Use observation, curiosity and creative problem-solving skills
  • Recognise where mathematics has applications in design, architectural techniques and throughout our everyday lives

Downloadable resources

SMG Learning Activities – Build a Dome (PDF Document)

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