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It’s a Fold Up

May 9, 2012

I worked in a school recently where the children surprised and delighted me with their paper engineering skills.

I was running a two-day session at St Agnes RC Primary in Cricklewood and decided to give the year 3 and 4 pupils a special task. Handing them two giant, collapsible frameworks made from cardboard, I gave them a very brief set of instructions before sending them away to start work.

When I caught up with them at the end of day two for the showing assembly, I was quite moved when the pop-ups were revealed. Not only had they managed to work together as teams to produce two pieces that held together very well visually, but they also amazed me by how they had successfully combined a variety of materials and came up with a great many innovative ideas to enhance the pop-ups. And both pieces still folded flat!

Read more about the sessions at N4 Sketchpad

JOHN O’LEARY

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2012 9:40 am

    I think that is amazing. You must have truly inspired them. I hope they were proud of the result. I’m sure they were.

  2. Marion Rose permalink
    May 10, 2012 9:26 am

    A great task to set and a brilliant response! Just what school visits should be about.

  3. nikki permalink
    May 11, 2012 9:55 am

    Absolutely superb! Bring on the next generation of paper engineers who can think in 3D. Well done you. Looking forward to the next one.

  4. May 11, 2012 5:46 pm

    Gosh, they are so clever! I wish someone had come in and offered me that sort of task when I was at Primary school. I’d have loved it.

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