We know that students learn best when actively engaged exploring and applying concepts. That's why we love the 3D box project. Besides practicing creative design and technology skills, what better way to measure, problem solve, calculate and apply what they know about shapes and volume as they create their custom design!
This projects provides an opportunity to practice :
- Converting centimeters to millimeters
- Calculating surface area, perimeter and volume
- Determining measurement and volume of the negative space inside the box
In addition, the box could be used to count the number of edges, vertices and faces or identify right angles.
Beyond math and technology, think of all the ways that the box encourages cross-curricular connections!
Why not design a biography box for a famous person and place small trinkets, pictures and facts inside to represent the person? Or the box could become a time capsule for a certain event or historic period. Students might create culture boxes for countries around the world.
Imagine finding this magic box! What a great story starter this could be! What does it hold? Who does it belong to? What are the symbols and the designs on the lid? What happens when the box opens?
Perhaps the embossed or engraved image on the lid is a book cover and the box holds clues about a book.
Don't forget the opportunity to put your students' drawing skills to work as they design the image for the lid.
What other curriculum connections come to mind? So many possibilities and reasons to design your box!