After the recent model airplane classes and the College for Kids class before that I have been thinking a lot about why kids have such a hard time looking at an example completed model airplane or other project and visualizing how the parts go together. To me it seems so obvious but then I have been working with these types of problems for a long time. For example the stabilizer of the model airplane has the curved shape to the front and is straight in the back. The vertical fin has the same arrangement but goes vertical from the stabilizer in the center at 90 degrees. It seems so simple after looking at a sample but always there will be some kids that try to attach the vertical fin in some other manner.
|She did well assembling this model airplane from foam parts but many kids really struggle with such tasks.|
Business Insider did a similar article : http://www.businessinsider.com/spatial-ability-predicts-future-success-2013-7 . This article includes some example problems.
What is my point, it looks to me that building projects like those on my website is a really good activity for kids to build their intelligence.