Students are divided into teams of 3-4 and given equal amounts of modeling clay per group.
They are given a review on rolling coils, using a "pancake" bottom and general construction.
Students are asked to develop strategies with their group. They should consider theories on construction, like: how they can best use their amount of clay...large coils vs. small coils? Also, divide jobs between teammates.
The timer is set for approx. 15-25 minutes (you choose).
BUZZZZZ! Measure all standing structures to determine the winning group!
Students must let go of their vessels on the buzzer. Falling coils are disqualified, sorry! Structure and construction are important. Many of my winners do so on the "slow and steady win the race" theory
I enjoy watching each group look at their peers ideas...they learn, rip apart, recoil, etc. I feel this game builds fantastic problem solving skills.
We often call it our "Survivor Challenge" for all of you reality TV fans out there.
Stash this one in your emergency folder!