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Can you solve it?! A New York City art challenge involves making sculptures from cans. The task is to determine the number of cans used in the engineering award-winning sculpture. Scholars consider the patterns in the different layers to construct a solution.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils create a table showing their predictions for each level of the structure
  • Ask older individuals to model the pattern with a sequence and series
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires an understanding of area and patterns
  • Adaptable to different grade levels
  • Leaves the question open-ended to encourage multiple solution strategies
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