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Gingerbread House Design Competition

Melissa Brechner
2005-2006 CSIP Fellow

This fun 1-2 day project allows students to be creative in solving a problem. Students work in small groups to design and build a gingerbread house to the specifications of the contest variable of the teacher's choosing. Often the last day (or so) before the winter holiday break is hectic and it is difficult to gain students attention on course material. This activity encourages creative thinking and forces group cooperation and participation. With the addition of a short wrap-up discussion, students will learn that the process of design sometimes involves small changes and sometimes involves large changes, but the finished product is almost never identical to the initial design.

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