Bridge Over Troubled Water.

The creativity district is expanding and they are constantly looking for new areas to explore and grow their expertise. 

To cross the river the Creatives need to build a bridge that can support at least 5 people and hopefully a horse and carriage.

Will you help them design, build and test?

Numbers provides that structure in the thinking process.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

Here is my story:

Open Numbers on your iPad and start a new blank template.

First thing we will do is delete the table. Isn’t this a spreadsheet tool I hear you say. Of course, but it is so much more! Your patience will be rewarded once we get to the data section.

Rename your sheet “Brainstorm’ by double tapping it.

Tap on the plus sign at the upper right hand corner and go to the shapes library.

Select a rounded corner shape and start brainstorming.

TIP: Select to bubbles and then go to the shapes library. Tap on the line with the dots to connect your thoughts.

Create a new sheet by tapping on the plus sign on the upper left hand corner and rename it “Resources”. Don’t forget to delete the table.

Gently slide the dock up and drag Safari out.

Now do your research. Once you find a helpful link, drag and drop it into the document.

Create a new sheet again  and rename it “Design”. Delete the table.

Get your Apple pencil out and start drawing your wildest ride.

Create a new sheet again  and rename it “Step-by-step”. Delete the table.

Next tap on the plus sign at the upper right hand corner and add an image gallery from the media section.

Tap on the plus sign of the gallery and take pictures as you construct your bridge. Spaghetti and marshmallows are great tools to bring your design to life.

TIP: Write the instructions with each step using the dictation function in your keyboard.

Time to test your creation.

First create a new sheet and rename it “Test Pilot”. Delete the table.

Then tap on the plus sign at the upper right hand corner and select Camera  from the media section.

Test your bridge while recording the process.

This is the time! Your patience is rewarded. We will use a table for collecting all the data on the tries.

So get ahead, create a new sheet and rename it “Data”. Don’t delete the table this time.

Add the required fields. For my example I was interested in duration, length and height.

TIP: Select a cell and tap on the paintbrush to format it. That is how I got the star rating for the experience. Also have a look at the augmented reality app Measure from Apple. It’s a quick and easy measuring tool and it’s free!

To input the data we are going to create a new form. Tap on the plus sign at the upper left hand corner and select “New Form”.

Select your table from the menu and start putting your data in the fields. Watch as your table fills up with new results.

To close this project off we have two more steps ahead of us: reflection and reward.

Create a new sheet and rename it “Reflection”. Delete the table.

Then tap on the plus sign at the upper right hand corner and select Record Audio from the media section.

Reflect on each try and think about suggestions to improve.

For the final step we need to use all of our creativity and design a logo that is appropriate.

Create a new sheet and rename it “Logo”. Delete the table.

Use the shapes library and the drawing tools to express yourself.

Going Further.

This is one of the activities that educators can participate in during The Playground at ISTE.

If you are inspired to try this yourself, have a look at the resources I used:

Apple Teacher

Everyone Can Create

Have fun!

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