“Robyn Boid: Architect”
Robyn Boid lives on the ledge of the university’s architecture school. She wants to be an architect when she grows up so she listens and learns.
Before designing a nest, she asks herself questions to investigate. Are nests always best? What comes first: the nest or the egg?
She practices different nest-shaped designs such as a dome, a towering spire, cylinders, and pyramids. Robyn always asks herself: how will an egg fit.
Will Robyn find the answers to her questions and design the best nest for an egg?
At the back of the book are a glossary of architecture terms and teacher notes.
This story promotes creative components of curiosity, risk-taking, and creative problem solving.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the main character continually asks questions as she experiments with her designs.
TITLE: Robyn Boid: Architect
AUTHOR: Maree Coote
ILLUSTRATOR: Maree Coote
PUBLISHER: Melbournestyle Books, 2017
AGE GROUP: 6-9
TOPIC(S): architecture, design process
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: curiosity, risk-taking, creative problem solving
1) After reading the book, which nest do you like best? What questions might you ask in order to better understand how to build this particular design? What types of materials and bonding agents can be used? Research answers to your questions. Using trial and error, experiment with different materials and bonding agents. Then build your favorite nest from the book.
2) Invent a new nest design that you think would be fit for an egg.
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