Biomimicry – “Gimme Shelter” (Grade 3)

Grade: Three

Topic: Understanding Structures and Mechanisms – Strong and Stable Structures

Design Challenge:

Design and build a strong (can’t be easily broken) and stable (can’t be pushed over easily) temporary shelter* (based on natural structures) using the materials and tools provided.

OCTE 2011 – Elementary Conference Workshops


  • Newsprint
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Cardboard
  • Construction paper
  • Paper straws
  • Re-used and/or recycled paper
  • Playdough or clay
  • Tape (e.g., masking, clear)
  • Glue (e.g., white, low temperature glue gun)


  • Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Rulers