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Make a Model of a Home Made From Shipping Containers


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Make a Model of a Home Made From Shipping Containers

In this activity, learners watch a video to learn about a couple who built a home out of shipping containers in Brooklyn, New York. Next, learners design and build a 3D scale model of a shipping container home using printed cutouts. Use these models to practice basic calculations of ratio, volume, and surface area to estimate the amount of flooring and paint needed, and what size windows and doors to include.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Architectural Engineering
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
      • Polygons
      • Rate
    • Problem Solving
  • Physical Sciences
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • Financial Literacy
  • Model Building
  • Transportation

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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  • Free access

By:

  • Zych, Ariel

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  • All Rights Reserved, Science Friday,

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