(This is B. He built a creature he called a pegacorn or unises)
A couple weeks ago, waiting for the last bus to come, I was surfing through Makezine.com and came across a website called diyfamily.wordpess.com. As I browsed this site I saw that they were building a menger sponge out of business cards. I was intrigued, and apparently so was a student standing over my shoulder - it looked creative and was definitely about design and engineering. Interestingly enough the student and I had the exact same thought - Minecraft! He got very excited and then we had to think about HOW to do this.
We searched for how to make these menger sponges out of business cards and found this site - The Institute of Figuring. We grabbed a few index cards and tried it out to see how it worked. Once the student left I knew he (and those around him) were going to be hooked. I couldn't wait for school the next day, so my daughter and I tried them at home and figured out how to connect them, and then I was pumped to bring my model into class. The students were so excited to see 4 packs of index cards the next day, and their morning work was spent showing each other how to do the basic cube and connect two of them. The kids immediately, and without any prompting, began working together to create new statues. One of our students (M.) also figured out how to make cubes with the flaps on the inside and connect them which she thought made it look neater. "M" is pictured below working on her minecraft type person.