This PowerPoint is a vivid display of the connection between geometry and architecture. In these 18 slides, students can see some of the most famous structures in the world today, such as the London Eye. I think it would be a great icebreaker for students to make a real-world connection at the very beginning of a geometry class.
The Khan Academy has this 5-part video series on working with a scale drawing. Each video has clear diagrams to explain each problem, so it's a great presentation from which students can take notes. There is also a comment section below, where viewers can discuss different parts of the videos and offer alternate strategies.
Again, who doesn't love Legos? Although they're a bit pricier than other Legos, the Architecture series lets you build scale models of modern-day marvels like the Tower of London. It's a fantastic hands-on tool for students, even if they're motivated for buy it for home.
Students will get a kick out of designing a high school of the future with this project. It's a great team project where students can delegate and accomplish smaller parts individually, just like a real-world construction project. It reminds of the SimCity games!
This webpage gives a detailed overview of measuring tools of the ancient Greeks. There are pictures of wooden models to accompany each tool's description. It also explains the ancient use, as well as modern adaptations in the architecture field.
Mark Kushner delivers a passionate Ted Talks presentation on the people that will impact architecture next: students! Kushner discusses how emotion connects to architecture, using buildings from his home state of New Jersey as examples. He breathes new life into this innovative field, and really makes it really inviting to creative and ambitious minds. It's an incredibly motivating video to share with your students. I'm sure it will fire them up!
This dedicated page explains the Golden Ratio in art and architecture. It details its history, profiles some prominent names in geometry, and explains the relationship to the Fibonacci sequence. Since it's concise, students will find this to be a great homework help.
What better place to find a plethora of building projects than Pinterest! This board includes lesson plans that center arounds engineering, experiments, and activities that allow students to get hands-on during class. I'm especially intrigued by the catapult activity!
Watch this BBC video short, "The Story of the Maths," with your class to learn about early involvement with the Pythagorean theorem. Of course you can't talk about Pythagoras without mentioning the ancient pyramids of Egypt, so this is a great talking point for students to speculate how they were built. There are also really clear, colorful diagrams of the theorem at the bottom of the page.