After their first contact with the design of papercraft, it was time to begin their real challenge.

This year, the idea is each class build a dinosaur. For this, I created models of a Tyrannosaurus, Pteranodon and a Styracosaurus. BTW, these three models are available for download from the Workshops page.

Basically, the parts are cones and truncated cones. Each student should build one or two parts.

They were very excited about the task, which was divided into: Score, Cut, Fold, Glue and initial perception of where each part goes.

I was really impressed with the ability of some students, who managed to assemble very small parts.

Finally, they completed the assembly of the dinosaurs, joining the parts they build. Parts were numbered for easy identification.
Tyrannosaurus partsPteranodon footTyrannosaurus leg

The painting was done later, during the art classes.

Remember, you can download these models from the Workshops page, and try them with your kids!

Children are awesome

This year, I was blessed with the opportunity to teach geometric solids for 2nd grade children at the same school my daughter studies.

They are about forty 7/8yo children that surprise each time I was among them! I encouraged them to watch some buildings on the streets so they could design and assemble a city with paper models using only the solids we’ve learned together – spheres, cones, prisms, pyramids, cylinders, rectangular solids, and cubes.

This small city they created was exhibited at the school’s Science Fair and it was used as part of a lighting pollution experiment. In order to make me completely happy, the school invited me to exhibit all my paper models and to provide a paper model workshop at the Fair.

Feedback was beyond my best expectations.