Home Learning iSTEAM Challenge: Week 4

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Did you know that the oldest known constructed labyrinths were built in ancient Egypt and Etruria (central Italy) around 4500 b.c.? (Source: https://www.encyclopedia.com/)

This week, the iSTEAM Team challenges you to build a labyrinth. A labyrinth is described as a single through-route with twists and turns but without branches, whereas a maze is a confusing pathway that has many branches, choices of path and dead-ends.

Using materials found at home, create a labyrinth for an object such as a marble, golf-ball, or any small object that can easily roll through the path. You can use materials such as LEGO, straws taped to cardboard or a paper plate, Q-tips, popsicle sticks, or cardboard to create the walls. Then, when finished, try to move your object through the labyrinth by picking up the base and leaning it right, left, forwards and backwards.


Good luck and have fun!

About The Author

My name is Shannon Neill and I am currently the Grade 1/2 teacher at AcadeCap. I began my teaching career in 2017 after graduating from McGill University with a Bachelor’s of Education, specialized in French Immersion Pedagogy. Since my first year of teaching, I have been working with Grade 1 and 2 students, from Montreal, to Winnipeg, and now Ottawa, where I have been with AcadeCap since 2018. Working with students in Grade 1 and 2 is definitely something special. The students are curious, honest and so willing to learn and share - I consider myself pretty lucky to be able to learn from my students every day!

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