Room 17's Durham Fair Project for 2017 was a green sea turtle and a yellow tang fish with an ocean background. The turtle and fish are made completely out of recycled plastic, except the eyes, which the students designed themselves and printed on the school's 3D printer. The quilt background was made with fabrics we brought to school for a getting to know you activity. Everyone's fabric went into the piece. The only additional item was made to the jellyfish. Mrs. Davis taught several students how to finger crochet to make these creative and colorful tentacles. The rocks at the base were collected on our field trip to Hammonasset. The students created the structure to hang the quilt and sculpture out of PVC piping we had in the classroom (plus a bit extra that we needed to purchase). They also wanted the turtle to be able to spin, so we had to engineer a solution to that as well! There was a great deal of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication that had to occur to make all of the elements of this project work!
Below is a sneak peek of the structure the students designed to hold up the quilt, and the turtle support, including the extra post they decided to add for stability when it kept tipping over. Also, we filled the base with rocks to add weight to help the counterbalance... then we taped it all to a piece of wood just to make sure it could make it to the fair ground without falling apart!