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BRICKS & STICKS

BRICKS & STICKS is a 1.200 sq. ft. gallery at the Long Island Children's Museum. Some of the components are pictured below.

BUILD, CREATE, CONSTRUCT, CONNECT, COPY, INVENT,
SOLVE, STACK, TEST, HAVE FUN!

Children have different learning styles and children learn in different ways. Bricks & Sticks addresses these differences by providing opportunities for:
- free play
- following sequential instructions
- observing & copying
- problem solving

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COMPONENTS / CREDITS

At the center of Bricks & Sticks is an 8' * 8' block table (made of maple blocks) serving as play space, storage and seating for the gallery. In the middle of the table is a glued block construction illustrating some 5,000 years of architectural landmarks which children can use as seeds for their own constructions.

BRICKS & STICKS > COMPONENTS > BUILDING BLOCKS
Ben & BlocksBlock City
"The open-ended nature of good building blocks provides opportunities for instruction in social-studies - in mapping the layout of cities, and people's work: socialization, cooperation, clean-up, respect for others, and self-confidence; art and architecture - in pattern, balance, symmetry and construction; language - in function, storytelling, planning and conceptual exchange; science - in gravity, weight, trial and error and inductive thinking; and in mathematics - in geometry, number, measurement, classification, fractions and much more." -- Elizabeth S. Hirsch, The Block Book

BRICKS & STICKS > COMPONENTS > BIG BLOCKS
Big Blocks
Surrounding the gallery are large "unit blocks" which divide the space and serve as display cases, storage with magnetic locks (for blocks and other component parts) and seating. Fabricated by Charles Nostrrand, these wooden units can be arranged by staff and have been variously used as slides, tunnels, gathering holes, and (in one unwise configuration) a jungle gym. The current configuration followed a period of observation and testing.

BRICKS & STICKS > COMPONENTS > ARCHES
Arch1 Arch2
A three-part ARCH TABLE offers a set of challenges to builders, young and old. and an introduction to an ancient engineering discovery. People have been constructing arches since prehistoric times. Arches can be used to span large spaces. Because the weight that an arch carries is distributed outward and downward instead of concentrated in one spot, it can carry heavy loads.

BRICKS & STICKS > COMPONENTS > SPHERES
Sphere Table
STACKING SPHERES (a three part table)
Wooden spheres from a commercial mill provide an unusual building shape. They tumble and roll. Spheres also fill space in a particular way. The shape of the spheres and the shape of the container into which they are placed will determine the possible structures. We provide a square (yielding a pyramid), a triangle (yielding a tetrahedron), and a pegboard which can yield more complex forms.

BRICKS & STICKS > COMPONENTS > POLYSTICKS
PolySticks
Wooden sticks and bolted plastic tube connectors are the materials for building a multitude of shapes. An additional set of slightly shorter sticks makes a geodesic dome a great group project.  

 

BRICKS & STICKS > COMPONENTS > POLY TABLE
Poly Steel
POLYDRONS, a commercially available product, are the materials at hand at the welded steel POLY TABLE. There are 5 different plastic shapes available to use on the table. They can all be joined together in the same way to construct the models. The illustrated models are polyhedrons, three-dimensional shapes with many faces. The laminated instructions show the use of NETS, a way of connecting shapes on a flat surface and folding them to make the three dimensional models.

 VIRTUAL BRICKS & STICKS

BRICKS & STICKS > COMPONENTS > VASE SPINNER
 Virtual Vase
The spinning shape in the VASE SPINNER box makes a "Solid of Revolution." This is something like what potters do as they press their hands into a spinning lump of clay. The clay turns on a wheel and will mold itself evenly to the places where pressure is applied by a potter's hands. Even though the shape appears to be solid in Vase Spinner, it obviously won't hold water.

BRICKS & STICKS > COMPONENTS > UCCELLO
Paolo Uccello, for whom this program is named, was born in 1450 and lived and painted during the Italian Renaissance. He and the other artists of his time invented drawing systems which enabled them to represent three-dimensional space on a flat plane. UCCELLO is a software tool which makes "Solids of Revolution" like the one Uccello drew by hand. Use the yellow sliders to design a shape. The computer will spin the curve around like an eggbeater. Use the controls or click and drag on the object to set it in motion.

BRICKS & STICKS > COMPONENTS > SPACE CADET
Space Cadet screens
SPACE CADET is a computer program allowing visitors to manipulate virtual objects in three dimensional space. Objects are viewable as: 1. a wire frame with lines connecting all the points, 2. a 3-D wire frame with the object drawn as your left eye and right eye might see it made visible with red/green glasses, 3. a set of spheres marking the points of the object.


BRICKS & STICKS > COMPONENTS > TETRA MIRROR by Sara Frucht
Tetra Mirror
This magical mirror makes mysterious objects appear and float within an imaginary space. Move the objects around inside the reflective mirrors, poke your finger through the back hole to amaze your friends, place the sticks in the right way to make these shapes:
 

BRICKS & STICKS > COMPONENTS > arKIDtect
arKIDtect screens
arKIDtect is a suite of interactives providing an introduction to architecture.
Build with virtual blocks. Construct and deconstruct a playhouse.
Wander a timeline of architectural milestones,
and explore the built environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBITS / BRICKS & STICKS / CREDITS

 

Concept development, software, words & pictures: Al Jarnow
Exhibit development and design: James Metcalfe

EXHIBIT FABRICATION
Michael Tomeo, Thao Nguyen Tran, Lutz Wallasch
Charles Nostrand, Exquisite Interiors, Nicole Langille, Kim Wagner

ART & GRAPHICS
PolySteel: Todd Kingsley
Tetra Mirror: Sara Frucht
Block City Adam Greene
Graphic Design: Patricia Fabricant

SPECIAL THANKS TO
Lisa Greene
Paul Peller
Community Playthings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBITS / BRICKS & STICKS > COMPONENTS

 

 

ARCHES
BIG BEND
BIG BLOCKS

BLOCK TABLE
CUBITS
STACKING SPHERES

POLYSTICKS
POLYDRONS

SPACE CADET - software
SPACE ACE - software
ARKIDTECT - software
UCCELLO - software

TETRA MIRROR - by Sara Frucht