Maker Space Build Along: Stick-eometry!

by  Playful Engineers

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Using pencils or other sticks, plus tape and rubber bands or elastic, students make their own toys that can transform from triangles to trapezoids, and from topentagons, pentagrams, and square bottom pyramids! Post-session guide encourages advanced options for making cubes, dodecahedrons, and other amazing shapes!

This is a mostly hands-on workshop experience, in which students can work at their own pace. Jay demonstrates several ways to construct these fascinating geometric manipulative toys, and discusses their relevancy to practical geometry. Some students will have successfully completed a working model by the end of the class. Please allow time and space during and after class, for students to share their skills and knowledge with each other.

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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Mathematics, Problem Solving, Sciences, STEM Crafts

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
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Playful Engineers

Amherst, MA
United States

As a teaching artist/engineer, maker/tinkerer, musician, recording artist, and educator, Jay Mankita has worked with kids and families for over 30 years. His workshops and presentations are experiential and inspiring. Jay is a life-long learner, with a passion for engineering, especially using repurposed toys and household objects. 

Jay has presented thousands of STEM related, hands-on programs since 2015. Jay is also a touring musician, a Parents' Choice Award winning recording artist, and a songwriter with songs that have traveled the world.

Jay Mankita

Program Details


Our teaching artist demonstrates how he plays with stick-eometry toys that he has constructed, sharing some relevant tie-ins with geometry, and mechanical engineering principals. Students will already be prepared with the materials they need to make their own. (see materials list). Step by step construction follows. Students who 'get it' right away are encouraged to share their skills and knowledge with classmates during the session, and afterwards too, as some students may not finish the activity before the session ends.


The participants will engage in a hands-on activity to build a kinetic toy out of simple materials.
The participants will increase comprehension of geometric concepts.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Developing and Using Models 3-5
Developing and Using Models 6-8