The past two days have been great. On Day 4 the students continued to build their towers. They a coming along quite nicely. I also was introduced to the app 123D Capture, so when they are finished next week, I hope to have a chance to capture them so students can have a 3D model, and also for anyone else to see it.
Students also started to build their businesses that they would like to see. On Day 4 they were also starting to find a place in Emporia to house their business. Did they want to buy or rent the building and what is the cost of starting the business up. They were quite surprised at the cost of some of the buildings in town.
Day 5 was a field trip to our downtown. Our first task was to walk the height of Willis Tower in Chicago, IL. The day before, I put together a picture showing the approximate height of the building laying on its side in our downtown.
It’s about a quarter of a mile tall. It is pretty impressive to think about, especially when you realize the tallest building in the world (see Day 3) is almost twice as tall!
We then had a tower with Emporia Main Street, led by Casey Woods, telling us about the history of Emporia, some of the architecture of the buildings downtown, and giving us candy.
We then walked to the home of William Allen White, a famous Emporian. His home is very beautiful and even has a little inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright himself.
I really hope the students learned something today. I feel knowing a little history of your hometown is very important. It helps you realize where the town came from and why it is the way it is today. I also hope they start to understand how skyscrapers are difficult to build, and really are remarkable to look at.
If you were to do this project in your town, where would you take the students for their field trip to highlight important areas in your town?