Fourth graders in the Magnet program have been studying architecture at East Lake Elementary School and recently conducted a test to determine the durability of different designs.
The stately columns commonly found supporting the structures in ancient Greece were the focus of the lesson with Magnet and STEAM teacher Lisa Gennardo. Students used paper to recreate Corinthian, Doric and Ionic pillars. They then discovered which shape is sturdiest by building circular, square and triangular columns out of construction paper. Students made predictions on which one would hold the most weight, then placed books on top until they gave way. The square and triangle columns held less than 10 books each, while the circular one exceeded 30.