Wednesday, October 1, 2014


As I started this assignment I became very excited as I thought I would create a tepee. I began to execute that idea and I quickly learned why I teach and do not have a career as an architect nor physicist. The q-tips were too light and as such could not stand, not even with a square or triangle base. I sat for a while and continued to play around an I found that I kept coming back to how I could use the q-tips in a lesson. Then I had my "aha moment" of using the q-tips as symbols or as tools for constructing an alphabet of some sort. Along with working at Davis I also teach at Hebrew school. I imagined how the whole Aleph-Bet could be created if you had enough. However, for this activity we only had the use of ten. Thus, I created what I believe is a very important symbol of the Jewish faith, the Magen David, and the Hebrew word for "Life". I noticed that in the directions there were no prohibitions put on altering the 10 q-tips. I decided to cut some of them so they could best represent the letter being depicted. Overall, this assignment reinforced for me that even with all the amazing technology we have at our disposal (I love technology, don't get me wrong.) sometimes the simplest materials lend themselves just as well to getting a point across.

1 comment:

  1. In looking closely at all the photos, I believe yours is the first that demonstrates bending the Q-tips. Thus far, no one else has attempted to change their shape. Three cheers for you, Rebecca! You are demonstrating what happens when you give yourself room to experiment and "stretch" or "bend" the rules.


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