You and Your Classmates Can Make a Geodesic Dome
Out of Newspaper or Cardboard
To view a web site that shows cardboard and transparent plastic domes that kids have built: http://www.domebook.com
The website highlights kid-made domes and shows some of their creations. The students start by constructing paper models (viewers can download models of two domes from the “Domes” page of the site), then construct full-size domes using cardboard or wooden dowels and plastic sheeting. The site leads to a book, Domebook: How to Construct Cardboard Geodesic Play-Domes, that shows how to build the domes.
building a geodesic dome out of newspaper
The following Geodesic Dome info came from the web site: http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/geodesicdome.html
You can build a giant geodesic dome out of newspaper. First, gather some friends to help you out. …
Sent in by:
Ms. Hsu’s 3rd grade class of Brookline, MA
For this ZOOMsci, you da dome!
How strong was your dome? Did the results surprise you? Why or why not? What was the hardest part when you created your dome? How could you have made your dome stronger? Make a prediction, test it out, and then share your thoughts with other ZOOMers by sending them to our special feedback area.
Kacey, age 10 of Sunderland, MA wrote:
When I tryed the Geo Dome it was really hard. The directions weren’t that clear so it was really hard to make. When I tryed to see how strong it was it wouldn’t even hold one book!
Kanga, age 9 of S.A., TX wrote:
In my PROMISE class we built 3, 3 foot domes in 3 hours and even decoorated them!!!
Samantha, age 9 of NJ wrote:
Mine turned out really strong because I put a four-sided triangle under it and it supported my brother and my sister!
Sam, age 10 of Longmont, CO wrote:
Well I had a freind who helped me but he didnt read the instructions so the dome was not a big dome it was a 2 foot tall mini dome!
Andrea, age 9 of Bismark, ND wrote:
Making the triangles went pretty well, but when we started putting the triangles together… lets just say it didn’t go the way I expected.
Jael, age 8 of New York City, NY wrote:
It fell over so you need to make it strong.
Florencia & Ana, age 11 of Miami, FL wrote:
When I did the geodesic dome it was a little hard. It took like seven people to do it.