On the first day, students got into groups of four and used a method outlined in the first part of this video to create a design that is using radial symmetry. They took turns drawing lines, shapes, and then repeating the designs across each line of symmetry.
It was a little awkward at first, when the STEM teacher and I decided to combine our classrooms for quarterly collaborations. We were worried about whether or not it was going to work and if our curriculum would both benefit from the experience. After four successful quarters, it is safe to say it was the best decision we could have made for our classrooms and we would urge others to do the same.
I am excited to do more STEAM collaborations next year (especially since we just learned that we received grant funding to purchase a 3D printer) - stay tuned for even more fun in 2016/17!