House of Cards Challenge

This week’s assembly theme was all about interesting architecture from around the world. We looked at the symmetry of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, the geodesic domes of the Eden Project in Cornwall, England and the perfect proportions of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

Following this investigation into some of the world’s most mathematically magical man-made structures, we gave our students a challenge to put their own mathematical minds to work and build a house of cards. 

Our first mistake was purchasing a fresh batch of shiny and incredibly slippery new cards!  Our students saw this only as a minor setback and soldiered on regardless, using carpet and wooden board foundations to assist them in their constructions.

The best of the builds were, unfortunately, not quite caught on camera; with cards crashing to the ground mere moments before the shot was taken.  That’s our story and we are sticking to it. 

It was definitely a lesson in patience, that’s for sure.

Here are some of our students at work.