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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:

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:

You can build a giant geodesic dome out of newspaper. First, gather some friends to help you out.

Geodesic Dome

Sent in by:
Ms. Hsu’s 3rd grade class of Brookline, MA
For this ZOOMsci, you da dome!

Materials Needed
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Markers for decorating
  1. Geodesic domes are made up of a pattern of connected triangles and are very strong. You can build a giant geodesic dome out of newspaper. First, gather some friends to help you out.
  2. Next, stack three flat sheets of newspaper together. Starting in one corner, roll the sheets up together as tightly as you can to form a tube. When you reach the other corner, tape the tube to keep it from unrolling. Repeat until you have 65 tubes.
  3. Now cut down the tubes to make 35 “longs” and 30 “shorts”.
  4. To make the “longs”, cut off both ends of a tube until it is 71 cm long. Use this tube as a model to create 34 more longs. Be sure to mark all the longs clearly in some way, such as with colored tape, so you can tell them apart from the shorts.
  5. To make the “shorts”, cut off both ends of another tube until it is 66 cm long. Use this tube as a model to create 29 more shorts.
  6. Decorate the tube if you like.
  7. Next, tape 10 longs together to make the base of the dome.
  8. Tape a long and a short to each joint. Arrange them so that there are two longs next to each other, followed by two shorts, and so on.
  9. Tape the tops of two adjacent shorts together to make a triangle. Tape the next two longs together, and so on all the way around.
  10. Connect the tops of these new triangles with a row of shorts. (The dome will start curving inward)
  11. At each joint where four shorts come together, tape another short sticking straight up. Connect this short to the joints on either side with longs, forming new triangles.
  12. Connect the tops of these new triangles with a row of longs.
  13. Finally, add the last five shorts so that they meet at a single point in the center of the dome. (You might need to stand inside the dome to tape them together). To test your dome’ strength, see how many magazines you can load to top.


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.

Some of your Results:


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.

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Viewing American Ingenuity’s Office Domes

This is a duplicate navigation button.  Please click on this link Visit Office Domes to view directions to Ai’s offices and info.

Ai’s Florida Office Domes are open for viewing by appointment only. Please call 321-639-8777.

Exterior office 34 with 45' with screen domeAmerican Ingenuity’s 24 year old Florida Dome Offices

American Ingenuity looks forward to having you visit our 3,700 sq.ft. dome offices which consist of a 45′ dome linked to a 34′ dome. The office domes are not a model home, but set up as offices. You can easily see how spacious and livable the domes are. Tours are by appointment only after 1pm. To schedule a week day tour, please call Ai’s office at 321-639-8777 – 9-5 eastern time.  To view utility bills for the offices, showing we can cool them for less than $80 a month in the hot Florida Summer Months, click on Utility Bills.

To view the floor plan layouts for our Office Domes, please click on the pdfs below. 

PDF for Downloading & Printing

Online Viewing – Opens in Browser

By appointment only, one Saturday a month the office domes can be toured along. Please scroll down this page to find the once a month Saturday tour info, dates and directions to our offices.  To reserve a spot in our once a month Saturday Tour, please call Ai’s office at 321-639-8777.   Ai’s offices are located in Rockledge Florida about 1 hour east of Orlando and about 40 minutes south of Cape Canaveral. See below for directions. To email us please click on Email. 

The Ai office is closed when the following holidays are observed: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. During the week between Christmas and New Years, Ai has reduced office hours. 

To view sample floor plans for each size dome from one bedroom/one bath to two bedroom/two bath to three bedroom/two bath to four bedroom/three bath dome homes, click on dome home plans.  To view Plans & Kit Sale Pricing for each stock plan, please view Plans & Kit Sale Prices.   To view 3D models of a few floor plans, click on 3D

Financing is the single biggest block to owning a dome home. Lenders tend to want 10% to 25% to 35% down based on the finished price of the dome home. Lenders might accept equity you have in your land towards this down payment. Each client researches and coordinates their own financing. To view info about financing, please click on Financing. To read about the cost to finish the dome, click on Finished Cost.

The Tours consist of the following:

A staff person will walk you through American Ingenuity’s office domes pointing out significant features and answering your questions.  On hand for viewing are a component panel, panel wall section, model dome kit, energy awards, pictures and set of building plans.

  1. A staff person will answer your assembly and construction questions. To view files on Construction and Assembly, please view the top menu items under Assembly/Construction and Construction Assistance. To view pictures on the dome kit assembly, please click on Kit Assembly. Click on Construction Overview to get a general feel for the construction phases. Click on Planning Process to see the steps involved in building a dome home. To view an engineering statement about Ai Component Panel and Building Codes, click on Engineering.
  2. Due to liability reasons, our insurance company will not allow visitors in our factory. To see a list of possible insurers on domes, click on Insurance Companies.
  3. Sorry we do not set up in office appointments to discuss floor plans. All floor plan designs are done via phone, emails and or faxes.  Ask us to email other stock plans that are not on our web site for the size home you are interested in – one bedroom/one bath, two bedroom/two bath, three bedroom/2 bath, four bedroom/3 bath.  Let us know if you want your master suite on the first floor or second floor. Call us at 321-639-8777 – our office is open Monday – Friday 9-5 eastern time.  If you email and do not receive a reply within one to two days, please call us because due to tight spam filters we may not have received your email.
  4. Click on Stock Plans to view over stock plans for each size dome. If you do not see a stock plan to fit your lifestyle, the plans can be modified or customized per your descriptions and sketches. Please call us at 321-639-8777 Mon-Fri 9-5 eastern time. We would love to answer your questions.
  5. Some of Ai’s stock floor plans are now available in DXF format. Click on DXF and scroll down to bottom of page to view info. 

The following is a description of the plans design process:

  • If you do not find a stock plan to fit your lifestyle, sketch out your ideas on a stock plan or on the planner pages located on our web site.
  • Email them to us by clicking on Email   Please include your name, phone number(s), time zone and best time to contact you.  When you email, call and make sure we received your attachments
  • When you want to discuss your floor plan questions, please call us. If you give us your property address, at no cost to you Ai will contact your building department and ask what is required to obtain a building permit…..besides building plans do they need an engineer seal on the building plans?  Do they require an Energy Report?
  • After we receive your plans sketch, our Plans Coordinator will complete a Plans Quote which will be emailed to you.  
  • For us to schedule your plans for design, either email your acceptance of the Plans Quote or return the Plans Quote signed and include payment in full for the Building Plans.
  • Once we start the design of your plans, Ai will email or fax three – six rough drafts that you review, make changes and return to us.
  • After you approve the final draft, Ai designs your structural blue prints, completes your plans and ships the plotted plans via priority mail (if you are a USA client).
  • If your plans require an engineer seal, structural calculations or site specific local Florida product approval, a quote is obtained from the engineers before the design work starts.  The seal cost is included in your Plans Quote.  If your seal is for any state other than Florida, Ai emails your finished plans pdfs to the engineer. He plots the plans and Fedex’s them to you. The plotting cost and mailing cost is listed on your Plans Quote.
  • Your plans can consist of 14 to 17 to 22 blueprints. The number of sheets depends on the number of domes in your plans & complexity of design.  Blueprints for one dome on a slab are plotted on 18″ x24″ paper or C size paper.  Two domes are plotted on 24″x 36″ paper or D size paper.
  • Once Ai starts the design process, it takes about two to three weeks for modified plans and about four – eight weeks for custom plans. Delivery Time depends on the number of plans orders in queue prior to Ai receiving your order.
Once a Month Saturday Tour of Ai’s Office Domes
By Appointment Only 
Start at 11 am; ends around 2:30 pm

Once a month Saturday tours consist of touring our 24 year old office domes (45′ linked to a 34′).  To reserve your spot in the once a month Saturday tour, please call 1-321-639-8777.  Dates for the upcoming Saturday tours are:   March 17,  April 21, May 19, June 16 & July 21, 2018.  

The once a month Saturday tour starts at Ai’s dome offices at 11 am and lasts until around 1:30. Please eat before; there is no lunch break during the tour. You are welcome to bring food to snack on during the tour. The Saturday tour consists of the following:

  1. A Question and Answer period covering the main points of the American Ingenuity Dome Building Kit.
  2. Sorry we do not set up “in office appointments” to discuss floor plans. All floor plan designs are done via phone calls & emails. See above for clarification.  Call us at 321-639-8777 – our office is open Monday – Friday 9-5 eastern time.  If you email and do not receive a reply within one to two days, please call us because due to tight spam filters we may not have received your email.
  3. Due to liability reasons, our insurance company will not allow visitors in our factory.
  4. To find out the latest on Florida road construction or closed roads go onto the Florida Department of Transportation’s web site or dial 511 for Travelers Info.  

The following are directions to Ai’s dome offices.  Please do not use your GPS as it will take you a round about way to our offices: Please be aware that police rigidly enforce speed limits in the Viera/Murrell/ US 1 Hwy area.

Here are the best directions coming from Martin Andersen Beach Line Expressway (SR-528 used to be called Bee Line Expressway or Beach Line Expressway) to I-95 south.

SOUTHBOUND ON Interstate I-95 (Exit Numbers now match mile marker numbers)

  • Take Exit #195 and make a left at the light onto Stadium Parkway (if you turn right at the light the name of the road changes to Fiske)
  • Travel 1.6 miles to Viera Blvd.
  • Turn left onto Viera Blvd.
  • Stay on Viera Blvd. for 2.4 miles (you will go through the stop light at Murrell Road).  
  • Turn Left onto Holiday Springs Rd.
  • American Ingenuity’s Office Domes are around the curve on the right.

NORTHBOUND on Interstate I-95 (Exit Numbers now match mile marker numbers)

  • Take Exit number 191 (Not US Route 192). Turn right onto Wickham Rd. and go 2 blocks.
  • Turn Left onto Murrell Rd. and go North 2.5 miles.
  • Right onto Viera Blvd. and go East 1.4 miles.
  • Turn Left onto Holiday Springs Rd.
  • Office is around the curve on the right.


  • Go 7 miles south of Cocoa Florida.
  • Go 2 ½ miles past the traffic light at Barnes Blvd. Turn right onto Viera Blvd.
  • Go two blocks west and turn right onto Holiday Springs Road.
  • Domes are around the curve on the right

Distance from

Barton Blvd. to Viera Blvd. is 6.5 miles.

Eyster (last Rockledge traffic light) to Viera Blvd. is 5 miles.

Gus Hipp (no traffic light) to Viera Blvd. is 3 miles.

Barnes (I-95 exit-traffic light) to Viera Blvd. is 2.5 miles.

Peddlers’ Village (shopping strip on the left) north of Viera Blvd. is 1 mile.


  • Go 8 miles north of Melbourne and 4 miles past Pineda Causeway. (SR 404)
  • At Viera Blvd. (traffic light) turn left, and go two blocks west.
  • Turn right onto Holiday Springs Road.
  • Office Domes are around the curve on the right.
  • Enter in the front doors of the larger building

Distance from:

Lake Washington Rd. (traffic light) to Viera Blvd. is 8.5 miles.

Parkway Dr. (traffic light) to Viera Blvd. is about 8 miles.

Post Road (last Melbourne traffic light) to Viera Blvd. is about 7 miles.

Pineda Causeway (State Road 404 & I-95 exit) to Viera Blvd. is 4 miles.

Suntree Blvd. (Suntree traffic light) to Viera Blvd is 2.5 miles.

Florida Memorial Gardens (cemetery) to Viera Blvd. is 1 mile.

Approx Miles / Time from:

Kennedy Space Center – 35 mi./ ¾ hrs.

Orlando (south side) – 70 mi./ 1 ¼ hrs.

West Palm Beach Airport- 133 miles

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport 177 miles

Miami – 190 mi./ 3 ½ hrs.

Tampa – 140 mi./ 3 plus hrs.

Jacksonville – 180 mi./ 3 hrs.