The Kindergarten tested their seats.
They had discovered that they could prop the Ferris wheel between two wooden chairs. They held the axle as they spun the wheel.
But then one day .....the wheel fell off the chair and one of the struts broke.
The children felt the time had come to design a permanent stand for the Ferris wheel so that they did not encounter this problem again.
The children asked Pippin to come to the classroom and listen to their theories and look at their sketches.
Oliver: We need a stand on each side.
ReeseL We need a big hole and then we can attach the stand to the wheel.
Owen: Rees's idea wouldn't move around. If you put the axle in a letter U it would work.
Dillon: I agree with Owen. We need to be able to take the wheel out.
Tom: Yeah, so we can fix it if it breaks.
Oliver: A pyramid on each side would work
Lucas: That looks like a Chinese A.
Drew: My concern is that it could collapse.
Lorenzo: Yeah like this (He drops into a split).
Lorenzo's design includes roots to stabilize the triangles.
The children know that the Ferris wheel needs to be raised from the ground so that the seats can go circle without touching the ground. How will the people board the wheel? Dillon sketches a staircase.
This is a side view of the Ferris wheel stand. The stand is collapsing under the weight of the wheel.