# Resource Center

## Dome Home

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In building a geodesic dome for the class, we will go through three steps: 1) create the design of the geodesic dome, 2) build a scale model based on that design, and 3) using that model, build a geodesic dome large enough to hold the entire class!

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## The Salvadori Curriculum: Current Programs

### Salvadori lesson plans are now available for download as PDFs. Each document includes a full lesson plan, sample activities, diagrams, interdisciplinary connections, and a list of online resources relevant to that topic.

Form and Furniture

Measure the dimensions of your fellow group members as they are seated in their chairs. Use your measurements to design an ergonomic school chair and make a scale drawing of your design.

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Your challenge is to think like an engineer in order to find out how much weight the floor of the classroom should be able to support without collapsing. In order to do this, you will need to estimate the actual live load of the classroom, then come up with a factor of safety to determine the design load (the actual amount of weight the floor can hold).

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Morphing the Room

Imagine that we had the chance to make our classroom bigger. Your challenge is to draw a plan for an addition to increase the area of our classroom by 50%.

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Your challenge is to create a two-dimensional symmetrical ornament for your home. Start by learning about the different types of symmetry to help you find examples of symmetrical ornamentation in your environment. Then, experiment to create a symmetric ornament of your own.

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Dome Home

In building a geodesic dome for the class, we will go through three steps: 1) create the design of the geodesic dome, 2) build a scale model based on that design, and 3) using that model, build a geodesic dome large enough to hold the entire class!

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Cut to Fit

How do you think industrial designers (people who design the objects we use everyday at home, at school, and at play) communicate their design ideas to the factories that make the products? You are going to create shop drawings for a chair and from those drawings calculate how much it would cost to make this chair from wood.

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You will be designing the program for your dream house and arranging it within its environment, or its "site," using Venn diagrams. Try to incorporate as many of your favorite activities as possible into a house with no more than 4,000 square feet.

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### Salvadori lesson plans are now available for download as PDFs. Each document includes a full lesson plan, sample activities, diagrams, interdisciplinary connections, and a list of online resources relevant to that topic.

American Dream House

Your work will be done in groups. Each group will research one style of architecture that has been used commonly in the United States and then use what it has learned to design and render a house in that same architectural style.

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Archcyclopedia

Your challenge is to make an Archcyclopedia – an illustrated encyclopedia of architectural elements you find in your school. Just like in previous exercise, you will be combining images and text in your design to create a book of definitions. Along the way, you will learn about architecture, graphic design, and book-making!

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Your challenge is to take all that you have learned about how the style outside reveals what is underneath and use it to come up with ideas that would give your school a new "face" or "façade. You will use a three-step process: 1) Assessment, or "what we now have"; 2) Design, or "what we could have"; and 3) Presentation, or "what we should have."

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You are going to create a large scale-model of your façade re-designs, decorated, adorned, colored, and otherwise built to bring to life in three dimensions the concept you drew out in two dimensions.

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Different nomadic people have built different types of dwellings based upon weather and available materials. The Mongolians in Asia have the "gher," the Bedouins in the Middle East have their tents, the Somalis have the "aqal." The type of nomadic dwelling you are probably most familiar with is the Native American tipi. Your challenge is to build a full-scale tipi that will hold half-a-dozen of your classmates.

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A Sense-Able Map

Imagine that your classroom is uncharted territory and you are a team of surveyors commissioned to represent this uncharted territory to those who have never been there. Survey and record your group's perceptions. Use all your senses. Try using one sense at a time to heighten the experience. Then communicate your perceptions to others by creating a "Sense-able" map of your classroom. Remember to use all the tools you have at your disposal to represent your ideas, including graphics, symbols, and scale, etc.

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Tall Tales

Think of a folk tale, legend or myth you know well and really like, one that you remember from childhood or that has special meaning for you. Design an entryway for this character's house. Of course, unless the house and the door are mentioned in the tale, you probably don’t know what kind of door your character might have. But use what you know about the character to imagine what it should look like.

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### Salvadori lesson plans are now available for download as PDFs. Each document includes a full lesson plan, sample activities, diagrams, interdisciplinary connections, and a list of online resources relevant to that topic.

Design Writes

You have designed an ergonomic chair [in the Sit Right lesson] and want to make sure that no one copies your ideas. Your challenge is to write a patent application for your chair in which you describe the chair in detail and explain what makes it unique or innovative.

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Mind's Eye

Your challenge is to design and build a model of a stage set for a passage selected from a book that either you or the class is reading. Imagine that your class will be performing a play based on the book or story you are reading. What things will you include in your set to give the audience a clear picture of where the scene is taking place? How will you communicate the feeling of the scene?

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Not One Size Fits All

You come across and use hundreds of products during a typical school day. These can include items within the classroom, the cafeteria, the gym, the library, etc. Are there any items that you use on a regular basis that you feel are inadequate, uncomfortable, dangerous, or just somehow unsatisfactory? Can you think of any way to modify those items to make them better? Or can you come up with an idea for an entirely new object that would fulfill the same purpose, but do it better? Be creative! Your invention can be a really cool sophisticated gadget, or a simple gizmo no one has thought of before. You can combine two items into one, like making a stapler/flashlight, or design something fully automated: what would a self-sharpening pencil look like? Or better yet, how about a homework machine?

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The Stories These Walls Could Tell

Imagine that the walls of your school had eyes, ears and a mouth. If these walls could talk what would they say? Uncover a story within these walls. Write and produce a radio program that creatively expresses a story about your school building and its occupants. Bring the school building to life and write the story from the building’s point of view.

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Visual Poetry

Construct a visual or concrete poem that describes your concept of "home."

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### Salvadori lesson plans are now available for download as PDFs. Each document includes a full lesson plan, sample activities, diagrams, interdisciplinary connections, and a list of online resources relevant to that topic.

Classroom Restyle

Your challenge is to research the culture of an ancient civilization and use the information to turn your classroom into a period room. You may have seen a period room in a museum – it is a room which has been reconstructed using artifacts or replicas to look like it came straight out of some historical period. The purpose of a period room is to give us a glimpse of what life might have been like for people living in the past.

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East Meets West

Your challenge is to develop a plan to modify your classroom to make it a better space for working and playing using the ancient Chinese philosophy of feng shui. After learning about a particular aspect of feng shui, you will try to figure out whether your classroom has good feng shui and areas in which it could be strengthened. You will think up ways to improve the feng shui of the room, and then have a chance to actually make some of those ideas a reality.

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Invisible Dimension

Explore the classroom and the school in order to identify the specifics of the interior design that might be affecting people’s behavior.

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Life on the Prairies

Imagine a place where the land and sky seem to go on forever, where not a single tree breaks the line made by the sky and horizon, where the wind blows so constantly that it can drive people crazy. Also image a place where the soil is so rich it can grow almost anything and people believe fortunes can be made if only they put their heart, soul, and blood into the land.. Imagine all this, and you've imagined life on the American prairies in the 19th century. In this lesson, you will investigate the geographic, social, economic and political factors that prompted the migration to the Mid-West after 1862 and made possible the emergence of sod houses. As you do this investigation, you will also examine the construction of these structures and write an essay about the everyday life in the newly formed communities.

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Living Native American Style

We will be building a model of a Native American community. One group will model the physical and biological environment of the community. The rest will build structures based on their research of the housing types of the tribe that used to live in our area.

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My Digs

Your challenge is to select an object in your home that you want to preserve for posterity. Think of it as a message to a future archeologist. What would you like to communicate about yourself and your life in the 21st century to a civilization in the future? There’s no guarantee that archeologists from the future (let alone from another planet!) will be able to read our writing. What conclusions might they come up with based only on the objects you and your classmates choose to bury in the time capsule you design?

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My School Has a Style?

Your challenge is to investigate the style of your school building within the context of its history. You will be researching architectural styles and their relationship to historical eras and will create a visual presentation of your findings so the rest of the school can learn from your efforts.

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### Salvadori lesson plans are now available for download as PDFs. Each document includes a full lesson plan, sample activities, diagrams, interdisciplinary connections, and a list of online resources relevant to that topic.

Cementing Relations

Imagine that you were going to build a tall apartment building out of concrete. Since your building would have to be strong, sturdy and durable, you would need to reinforce its concrete elements—beams, columns, slabs and walls— with steel (or "rebars"). Your challenge is to use what you know about tension and compression in beams to create the strongest concrete beam possible. Develop a hypothesis for the best placement of reinforcing wires in your beam. Then test your theory by finding out how many blows your beam can withstand before it crumbles.

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Electric Classroom

Your challenge is to create an electrical drawing that a construction crew could use to build a classroom annex. You know the number and placement of the outlets and circuits you need to light the room and power computers and other electrical devices. How would you communicate this information to the workers wiring the classroom? You will figure out how to indicate the locations of the outlets, fixtures and switches on a scaled isometric drawing of the room. You will also indicate where the wires should be placed. (This is a real challenge, since you can't see the wires.)

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Fun With the Sun

Think about how the climate in your area changes with the seasons. There are times when it is hot outside and you want the interior of your house to be cooler than the temperature outside. There are also times when it is cold outside and you want the interior to be warmer than the temperature outside. Your challenge is to build a passive solar playhouse large enough to fit 3-4 students somewhere on the grounds of your school. Your goal is to use sunlight, shade, and wind to keep the interior temperature of the passive solar playhouse comfortable.

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A Greener School

Your challenge is to select one of your school's building systems, such as heating, cooling, lighting or plumbing or waste, and develop a plan for an energy- or resource-saving alternative or modification based on research into that system. If possible, your class will chose one plan to actually implement.

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How Green is my Roof?

You will be designing and then building a section of a "green roof" for a house. A green roof is more than a roof garden. It is a roof actually made of soil and plants as well as more traditional building materials. In that way, a green roof is both a garden and a roof.

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Sit Right

Your challenge is to design and construct a functional ergonomic chair out of cardboard. While that may sound like a difficult challenge, cardboard can be a very strong material if used correctly. In fact, there are many architects and designers who have built cardboard chairs.

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