While the Leaning Tower of Popsicle Sticks didn’t take over 300 years to build (like the real tower in Pisa), student Nina Maric still argues the process was a tedious one.
The Grade 7 student from Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Elementary School’s replica was part of Teacher Matthew MacDonald’s assignment to research and recreate a famous world structure.
“For the replica, the students were free to use any readily available materials they had at home or school,” said MacDonald.
This year, the students used wood, cardboard, clay, foam and popsicle sticks, he noted.
One student even added working lights to her Tower Bridge.
“The benefits to the students is the project was cross-curricular and was inquiry-based as they directed their own learning and research.”
“It was a nice change of pace from taking notes and reading from the textbook. It helped students foster or further an interest in architecture and art as they relate to form and design of structures throughout the world.”