A building game with knotted connections witch stay flexible. Discover what makes a builds sturdy and what collapses.
For a Technics class for pupils at a special needs school I was looking for something to let them discover what makes a sturdy building. Why does a tower (e.g. the Eiffel tower) stand up ? Why does a bridge hold its shape? Why are there so much triangles in metal bridges? This is what I came up with: STRINGSTICK
Playing with STRINGSTICK you can build, discover geometric shapes, learn how to knot.
STRINGSTICK is not for sale, but very easily made with minimum costs.
I discovered the term "stringstick is also used for a musical instrument. This stringstick is more quiet.
Step 1: You Will Need:
Coloured or gray, it doesn't matter. Mine had no point but a small eraser at one end. Make the end straight with a small metal hacksaw. 20 to 30 pencils make a nice start.
I used woven nylon. You will need pieces of 13-14 cm, twice the amount of pencils you use.
electric drill with 3 mm drill
little candle (to melt the end of the string)
Step 2: Drilling the Holes
Step 3: Add the String
Step 4: Melt the Ends
Step 5: The Knotting
Step 6: What to Build
You could try tying four sticks into a square and go on from there. I wish you the best.