Biosphere in Montreal. Credit: Nic Redhead (cropped)
Do you know what a geodesic dome is? It is a structure named in 1949 by an American Engineer called Richard Burkminster Fuller. Amongst the interesting features of geodesic domes is their structural strength and that they are relatively easy to construct.
To build your own geodesic dome out of jelly sweets and cocktail sticks and explore the structure, see this challenge designed by Neil, an electronics engineer at Dyson. Can you describe in as much detail as possible why the geodesic dome is a strong structure?
- To find out more about the concepts behind geodesic domes, see the Geodesic dome page on the Burkminster Fuller Institute website.
- For more Dyson Foundation Challenges and information about design Engineering, you might like to explore the James Dyson Foundation website, which has a section for secondary school students.