It has been a long and bitter winter. The snow and gales have taken their toll on your crops and animals. It is now May and you eagerly await the first rays of the summer sunshine. Your people have decided to build a monument to celebrate this important time of seasonal change. You can choose to use earth, timber or stones to build it, but it must face the direction in which the Sun rises. You must work together as a tribe to construct your monument. With your help, we can all look forward to a successful harvest. Work your way through the steps on the Innovate board or follow my suggestions below to complete the task.
Step 1: Decide on the shape and form of your monument. Perhaps a circle or a simple stack? Take a look at some examples to inspire you!
Step 2: Why not take a peek at the Holme Timber Circle (also known as Seahenge) in Norfolk, or Woodhenge in Wiltshire? Do they give you any good ideas?
Step 3: Draw a plan of your monument from an aerial perspective. How will it look?
Step 4: What materials will you use to build your monument? How big will it be? Write a list of everything you will need.
Step 5: Write a letter to a friendly neighbouring tribe to ask for help. Explain what you are doing and ask for volunteers with a useful skill or expertise.
Step 6: Use a plan or map of your grounds to show where you will build your monument. Remember it must face the rising Sun. How can you find out which is the right way?
Step 7: It’s a good idea to agree on some safety rules before you begin. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to get building!
Step 8: Work together to solve any problems you encounter while building. You may need to appoint a chief to supervise.
Step 9: Appoint a photographer to capture all of your hard work. Photography isn’t strictly prehistoric, but it’s good to look back at later!
Step 10: When your monument is completed, stand back and appreciate your achievement. Why not invite others to come and admire your work?
Step 11: Have some quiet time at your monument. You could take a moment to wish for a bumper harvest or good health for your family.
Step 12: Observe your monument at different times of the day. What happens when the Sun shines? What shadows does it cast?
Step 13: Invite the chief to come and check out the quality of your building work. What does he think? What wise words does he have to share with you?
CONGRATULATIONS! You have completed your Innovation Challenge.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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