Last week fifth graders took part in a trip to the Building Museum. The annual event combines elements of history and math, as students consider various tenets of design. There were two activities at the Building Museum: Geodesic Dome and Architecture 101. Two groups built geodesic domes about 6 feet tall. In Architecture 101, the other two groups sketched pictures of ceramics to learn about different perspectives architects us to share their ideas. Students designed a floor plan for an imaginary client. They got to make a model of the floor plan with card stock and lots of tape. These hands-on experiences give them a concrete view of the decisions that artists, engineers, designers, and architects must make in their daily jobs.