Our Parthenon

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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.

We worked well as a team. The roof went well. We would change our accuracy. Our calculations were correct but we halfed it too many times. 

 

The Parthenon challenge results!!

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Stage one

First of all, we needed to make a base for the building. We used newspaper to make the base stronger on the outsides. And that didn’t have any bad effects. 

 

Stage two

After we had made the base, we started making the columns. The columns held up the roof (Which we hadn’t started yet). It worked really well because we worked as a team and got them done quickly.

Stage three

The roof had to be the same size as the base; which according to our calculations were 69.5 cm by 30.9 cm. In real life, they were 69.5 M by 30.9 M. Our calculations were accurate. 

To make the roof we got some newspaper and stuck some scrunched up newspaper on top of it. This was successful and there were no problems.

Stage four

We made more columns. We made a prototype column out of card and made the columns that way for a bit. But after a while the prototype turned into an oval shape. So we made them how we did before.

Stage five

This is where the problems started. We used tape to secure the columns, and that worked, but it pulled them closer together. We worked out the distance between each column whilst planning. To solve the problem we detached the tape a bit. That seemed to work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stage six

We finished making the roof. The main challenge for this, even though it sounds a bit silly, was finding a piece of paper strong enough and big enough. The rest was simple, easy and fun. After we finished the roof, we had to secure the columns a bit more so it could hold the roof. It worked. 

This was the final outcome!

If you had to do it again but change something, what would you change? 

If we did it again and had to change something, we probably would’ve changed the way we made the columns and the roof. The roof was difficult to make, but successful. We probably wouldn’t have done the roof so complicated, even though it worked really well. We probably should’ve made multiple prototypes for the columns so they would all be the same shape and size.

What went well?

Everything really. It was all very good and successful.

Were your calculations accurate?

Yes they were all correct.

 

Parthenon facts:

  • It was built over 2,460 years ago!
  • It cost the equivalent of 469 warships to build the Parthenon!
  • The Parthenon is dedicated to the goddess Athena.
  • The Parthenon  replaced an older temple.
  • About 7.2 million people visit the Parthenon each year.
  • The Parthenon has been a temple, church and mosque.
  • The Parthenon was blown up!
  • Construction started in 447 BC and ended 438 BC.