Build Your Ideal City
Hosted by: UT Austin Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions (CM2)
Visit our Booth: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th.
The Challenge: Model your ideal city with any materials you have at home. Include at least 5 different parts of a city. Share a video tour of your city design on Flipgrid.
Things to Think About:
- What makes a good city?
- What are all the parts of a city? What parts of your city or town do you visit? What do you see near your home? What do you see near your school? Think about schools, parks, homes, stores, doctors and more!
- Where are parts of your ideal city located? Are homes and businesses next to each other? Where are parks? Where are schools? Where are museums?
Recommended Materials: LEGOs, Play-doh, paper, crayons, markers, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, tubing, cardboard boxes, tape, or any materials you can think of to build a cityscape. Check out the Video & Resources tab for templates and digital design elements to get started!
Video a tour of your city design and share it on Flipgrid.
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Designing for Communities, People and Animals? This lesson encourages kids to explore the complexity of cities and help them understand the impact of people's everyday decisions on the places where they live, work, and play.
Watch Lisa and Samira build a city using candy!
RESOURCES for Building Your City:
Please click below for our city-building templates:
Design something digitally! There are a number of tools available, such as:
- Sketchup — for making objects or buildings
- StreetMix — play around with what a street could look like
- FloorPlanner — for rooms and spaces
Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions (CM2) at The University of Texas at Austin
The consortium of Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions (CM2), USDOT Tier 1 University Transportation Center, aims to advance research, education, and technology transfer initiatives to improve the mobility of people and goods in urban and rural communities of megaregions. CM2’s consortium partners include the University of Texas at Austin, Louisiana State University, Texas Southern University, and the University of Pennsylvania.