The Great Wall of China

Reply Sun 27 Oct, 2013 03:34 pm
I know many of you have extensive knowledge of this - have even been to see this amazing structure. My boy has a major project he is working on. He will have to collect information on the Great Wall of China for the cost calculations and make a construction plan according to todays standards. He has to make diary of entries as well as works cited and present it to the class as well as turn in spreadsheets etc., in a folder to the teacher.

It overwhelms me just thinking about it.

What I ask from any who will help is organizational in nature.

How do we go about doing this? I want to think outside of the box as much as possible and as I sit here reading his material today I am a bit blown away.

I don't need answers to anything - just fresh ideas for him to know how to attack this project. The rest will be up to him.

Any suggestions are welcome.

Thanks so much!
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Reply Sun 27 Oct, 2013 06:29 pm
He could do it in the form of a recipe and ingredients shopping list. To do this, he'll have to learn all he can about the physical properties of the wall and what it took to build it.

He'll have to determine what the ingredients are, how much will be needed to build how many miles of wall, and how much they cost in today's economy.

Once he has that, he can then develop a recipe card with the ingredients list, shopping list and procedure for building the wall.

Examples of the procedure could include obtaining the land, recruiting the manpower, engineers and supervisors. Gathering the materials and using them in a specific order would be the next steps.

For extra credit and his class presentation, he could make a small model of it with clay or plaster of Paris and do it in the style of a cooking show.
Reply Sun 27 Oct, 2013 06:44 pm
That is awesome Butrflynet. Smile
Great idea!
Reply Wed 6 Nov, 2013 09:41 pm
He is talking with a contractor friend of ours and has opted to do a quote like he is the company making a bid on the job. He seems to be enjoying it. It is a big project. I think so anyway - which is why I came on here asking for help. But he is not flustered by it at all. I haven't had to do a thing.

Thanks Butrflynet. I appreciate your response and not leaving me hanging. Smile At that point I was so overwhelmed by what I was reading I was just looking for anything to give me direction to help him if he needed it.
Reply Thu 12 Dec, 2013 06:43 pm
It is done. He did a report and had a spreadsheet with all of the data on it. I called several places, we interviewed an architect and a contractor and got prices on bulk materials. The number of bricks and cubic feet of dirt is mind blowing to me. He gave a Power Point presentation and rocked it...he made a 98. She counted off for his use of the word "cheap" so much. I did warn him. He's in 8th grade though. He knows everything. His teacher was impressed on how detailed he was and how hard he worked to determine fair labor cost. I am so glad it is done. Now for benchmarks and Semester Exams to be over with so I can relax and enjoy the holidays.
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