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The Giant Tetrahedron Challenge with Willmott Dixon

Students topping out the giant tetrahedron

The students adding the final part to the giant tetrahedronAs part of our Tutorial programme for our fantastic Level 2 students, we have collaborated with the wonderful Wilmott Dixon group to get involved in 4 weeks of challenge, team building, problem solving, careers insights and most of all, fun.

Beth Modder and Becky Larner began the session by introducing our Tutor Groups to the Willmott Dixon group and talked about their company’s exciting multi-million pound work on Stockport’s interchange development. Then they quickly set our students on a challenge. Today our challenge was to construct a giant tetrahedron in the Lecture Theatre, armed only with wooden dowels, elastic bands and lots of perseverance. Construction was incremental and the small tetrahedra made by each little group were combined to make an impressive pyramid which was 4 metres high and 4 metres wide.

They were justifiably proud of the final outcome and here is what they had to say:

“The activity was incredible! I had to use my creativity in order to contribute with the structure, it was not easy!”

“I found the construction experience really enlightening. I enjoyed building it with my friends.”

“Yesterday was really fun and interesting. It was interesting because I learned that you make some things great out of very simple things!”

“I enjoyed the construction event because it was really fun!”

“Great teamwork and very enjoyable!”

It was fantastic to see the great impression this group made on our Willmott Dixon presenters, Becky Larner said:

“This activity requires teamwork, communication, listening and the ability to follow instructions and they didn’t let themselves down. They were great and really got stuck in !

Honestly your students are a credit to themselves, their parents and Aquinas College. Looking forward to our continued work together !”

A student helping to assembly the tetrahedronA student assembling part of the tetrahedron