Build a geodesic dome!

Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a fun summer activity with the kids we decided to construct a geodesic dome! We got the instructions from cutoutfoldup.com at this link. Our first attempt was a failure as the newspaper struts were too weak and flexible and the suggested joint method of using masking tape just didn’t hold the struts in place under sustained load.

We realised that the cutoutfoldup.com design came from desertdomes.com, a superb website that gives you full designs for any size domes you want to build. We took another design from this website and changed to using bamboo skewers and a glue gun for the joints. The result was a geodesic dome of 0.85m radius that made a perfect ‘tent’ for the kids to play in… Here is a picture of the finished dome:

Great fun :-)

 

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One thought on “Build a geodesic dome!

  1. Hello Will,
    Absolutely love your website. SO many great ideas! I’ve tried a few in my classes and they have been wonderful. Keep up the good work.
    I saw your geodesic dome and it reminded me of the one which I made using drinking straws. Turned out really impressive looking.
    Take care,
    Thuy

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