Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Metacognition in action

Be as amazed as I was today as Levi constructed a geometrically balanced sky tower.
Levi has been starting his day in the block corner for 3 terms now, and each an every day he brings new thinking and new designs to which he applies his growing knowledge and skills base.
Levi and I had been discussing why his recent buildings were toppling over, and how he could make his foundations more stable. (As there has been alot of talk about earthquakes ). He responded quickly with a fresh idea to strengthen his base by multiplying his blocks, and this soon led to new thinking about the height he could possibly build to. He started with a 1 block base, then 2, then 3 then 4, testing its strength and shake ability each step of the way.
The proof is in the pudding, as they say - Check this out.

 Levi's first goal was to make it higher than me  - all of my 1.55 metres.  
It soon surpassed me and he needed another chair to reach higher.
He measured everyone against it as they  passed by.

Levi then dismantled the top part of his tower and remodelled it with much larger blocks.  The care, precision and design were without fault.  He ensured it was strong by testing each level with a shake test, and the larger blocks were placed across ways to balance the structure.

Levi allowed me the privilege of putting the block on the top, with the help of the two chairs stacked on top of each other.

Levi and I have looked at many of the tallest buildings in the world, but this time Levi, the Burj Kahlifa comes to mind.

I wonder if you will be a structural engineer one day or maybe an architect or builder?

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