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Building an Army


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Building an Army

In this activity, learners explore the potential of interchangeable standard parts to create a large number of unique creations in different combinations. Learners use math skills to determine the number of possible combinations and visually illustrate the point by completing representations of different possibilities. This activity relates to the process ancient Chinese artisans used to craft thousands of seemingly unique Terra Cotta warrior figurines. This activity is featured on pp.38-42 (part of a lesson that begins on p.33) of the "Treasures of the Earth: Discover Clues to the Past" unit of study for grades 3-5 and 6-8.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Archeology
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Manufacturing Engineering
    • Technology
      • Manufacturing
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Probability
    • Number and Operations
      • Multiples and Factors
    • Problem Solving
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and History

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts
  • Historical Reenactment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, ©2011

Funding Sources:

  • AAA Insurance
  • Indianapolis Honda Dealers
  • Key Bank
  • National Geographic

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