Today we got into groups and had an hour to create the costume of Henry VIII or Elizabeth I using newspaper and tape. The results were spectacular. The Henrys looked magnificent and the Elizabeths were very regal. It was interesting thinking about the shapes that the costumes made and how to recreate these in paper. Many of the costumes were built on spills to give volume and drape.
We went on to try another technology challenge using sticks and marshmallows. Each item cost 5p and we had £1 to spend in each group, though groups could trade with each other... we will modify the task and return to it tomorrow.
All of these resources, the bamboo sticks and newspapers in particular, come at a cost to us and the environment. Not only are the raw materials grown, processed, manufactured and shipped to us but we also have to dispose of them again when we are finished using them... To remind us of how we need to think of the impact our actions have on the environment, and ultimately ourselves, we are watching the movie The Lorax.