Bending Metal (6th-8th)

This week was a week of proper kindergarten style tinkering. Just picking up new tools and materials and getting to know them. No particular goal in mind, just tinker and play. It is turning out to be a great week!

Not many of the machines we deal with every day are made of wood or cardboard. This week my 6th through 8th grade students started working to form metal into shapes with the Crop-A-Dile hand tool. What is amazing to me is while that this hand tool was designed for scrapbooking and to be used with primarily paper and card stock, but is so well built that my classes easily punched holes in thin strips of aluminum while they explored how creasing affects a structural rigidity. 

 

 Creasing metal makes quick 3d forms from a 2d surfaces and creates a more rigid structure.

Creasing metal makes quick 3d forms from a 2d surfaces and creates a more rigid structure.