The main aim of the activity is at putting students’ knowledge of geometry objects and their properties into a real world context. Pupils of different ages, knowledge, sex and abilities participated in it. As part of this activity, students can deepen their interest in mathematics and other STEM subjects, and maybe even choose to become architects or engineers later in life, thus influencing their future professional orientation.
While the students created their own city, they also learned important mathematical concepts that will help them throughout life. Although this activity focuses on the subject of geometry, there are so many other elements of learning, including inquiry-based learning, problem-solving, collaboration, communication, independent learning, and more. There are also some components of social studies, writing, drawing, making collages, painting, recycling, researching about sustainability, problem solving and comprehension.
Students created a city using 2D and 3D geometry, practising with both plain and solid geometry.
This was a three months long project, with many workshops and activities, including:
- Making 2D paper collages with triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons and circles.
- Making paintings of the city.
- Brainstorming about how to make models and what the model of our city should look like, what is needed in the city, how we can build it, which materials we can use, how the city will be supplied with food, water and energy, and how it can become sustainable.
- Workshop at the Faculty of architecture (this was an activity organized within the #STEM Discovery week 2018).
- A Skype interview with a civil engineer about sustainable energy and wind turbines.
- Making 3D Models of the city.
- A peer learning workshop, in which our students held a workshop presenting geometry collages to other students in Belgrade.
- A workshop at the Center for the promotion of science in Belgrade, in which we created 3D models by using 3D printers for wind turbines and 3D pens for houses. We also had the chance to visit the Technical Fair in Belgrade and check all new solutions and the principles of work for 3D printers. You can read more about this visit here.