Primary 7 have been working on a Christmas craft with a difference this year, as they created St Mary’s first ever igloo! This STEM task enabled pupils to enhance their mathematical, technological and thinking skills. The idea came from our Eco Committee and the finished product has been given as a gift to the new Accelerated Reading library. The children invited the kitchen staff down to see the finished article today as many of the milk cartons came from the canteen. Bernie liked it that much she wanted to try it out for herself!
Pupils worked through the following stages in this project:
- Creating a detailed plan for each stage before commencing the build;
- Collecting lots of 2L milk cartons;
- Measuring the radius & marking out the circumference of the cardboard base;
- Gluing the cartons into pairs using the hot glue gun;
- Sticking each pair into place with a space in between to create a curve;
- Calculating the decrease in cartons needed for each ascending row;
- Bridging the entrance and forming the closed roof at the top.
P7 certainly used a lot “i-glue” in this project, pardon the pun, but can anyone guess how many cartons were used? Pupils can submit their guesses tomorrow to win a special Eco Schools prize!