Have a go at this investigation and comment on how you got on. Did you win? If so, how?
Building our Parthenon was a long process. We faced many challenges along the way. Here is how it went:
1. We started off by researching the dimensions of the Parthenon to scale down to our Parthenon.
2. Then we started building the base for our Parthenon.
3. We started making the pillars. Here is what we had so far.
4.We made a net out of paper for our roof. We made it small so we could copy it but make it bigger. The net was made by Coolhusky.
5. We started making and putting on the pillars. Mistake number one: too much tape.
6. We finished off the pillars. Now for the roof!
In the end, we found out it was too small!!
We started again and made it perfect.
Our group worked together well and we enjoyed the activity, we learnt lots of facts about the Parthenon and made it as strong as we could. In the group Sunny83 thought it went well but maybe use less tape. Bluesnail11 said the strength of the pillars were good but the roof design didn’t go to plan. Racoonyraptor said the pillars went well and the roof didn’t go to plan. We think our calculations were accurate because it all came together nicely but we struggled to hold the roof up. We changed the pillars at the beginning and we think it was a good idea. Racoonyraptor said the hardest part was making the roof and Bluesnail11 also said the roof was the most difficult part of the build, sunny83 said the hardest part was attaching the pillars onto the roof. This is our finished piece.
In groups, your challenge is to design and build scale models of The Parthenon based upon the original measurements.
If the Parthenon was 100 metres long, you wouldn’t have space to build it the actual size inside or outside the classroom so you will need to use your excellent mathematical skills to decide upon a scale. Using the example of 100m, you could say that one metre in real life would represent 1cm on your scale model.
Remember that you need to convert the units of measurement first, how many cm in a m?
How many cm is 100m? 1cm on your model would represent how many cm in real life? What would the scale look like from my example?
1: 100 1: 1000 1:10 1:10,000 1: 100, 000 1: 1,000,000
It’s this man’s job to work for Lego to make scale models. Click on the link to find out more:
Would you like to work for Lego making scale models?
Remembering what we have learnt about internet research and research from books, find out about The Parthenon and why it was so important to Ancient Greek people.
Where is it? Who went there? Do people still go there now?
You may use any books in the classroom and library freely. You may use Swiggle for information freely however if you would like to use the Internet for anything else you will need to run it past me first so that I can check to see if it is safe.
Designing and making
Now that you know, the measurements and some basic information about the Parthenon, have a go at making a scaled model.
Sharing your model with the World!
When you have finished, in your groups create a blog post about The Parthenon with information and a photograph of your finished model. You could also add photographs of the process and explain why you chose to make it as you did. Remember not to add photographs of yourself alongside your usernames-I will be taking lots of photographs so that you can focus on the process. Mistakes are for learning so include any problems you came across and how you overcame them in your evaluation at the end of the session.
I really like maths because I find it really easy but also quite hard. I like adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying.