Week 2 – Types of Grids

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Types of Grids

In this lesson you will learn more about the many different kinds of grids. You should learn to identify the various variety of grids and how each one relates to your own life. Since there are so many types, you may choose to research only one kind of grid.

Let us begin by watching this short video on early city grids.

Watch This video on EARLY CITY GRIDS

Here are a few examples of grids that can be found around us. These grids are in our cities, homes, and even our work places.

  1. City Grids
  2. Math Grids
  3. Grids for graphic design
  4. Electrical Grids
  5. Power Grids
  6. Grids in puzzles or games like crosswords or Chess
  7. Map Grids
  8. Educational Grids


  1. Maps of City Layouts
  2. Math Grids
  3. More math grids
  4. Grids for Graphic Design
  5. How power grids work
  6. Reading Topographic Maps
  7. The Greatest Grid



Discuss the ways in which a grid might help you in your daily life. Find/research professions where people might use grids in their jobs on a frequent basis.

Can you name which city in the United States had the first city grid?

How do city grids in the US compare to city grids around the world?


Time to become an artist. In this activity you will take a photograph and draw it on a large scale using grids. This exercise teaches us how to use proportions, scale and shows us how easy it is to draw something complex; all you need to do is break it down.

When you are making prototypes or models in BEST Robotics, you have to scale designs up or down and consider ratios when adding gears to your robot. This is a fun and challenging activity, especially for who aren’t as artistically-inclined.

Click in the link below and begin drawing
The art of Grid Drawing

BEST Connection

Drawing robot designs, making 3D models of your robot and building prototypes all relates back to proportions, scale and ratios. When you make a drawing of your robot, you most likely draw your rough sketches on graph paper. Take a look at some of your past drawings and see how you used a grid to design your creation. This would be a good time to show newer team members how to make proper drawings using a grid and scaling it correctly.

Community Connection

This week’s community connection is a little bit challenging because the information can’t really be found on the internet. You might have to ask your parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors. Before GPS tracking, Google Maps, and MapQuest, we had to look up addresses on a paper map. We used a book called MAPSCO, a travel map, or an atlas like Rand McNally. Directions were given using the grid numbers like coordinates on a graph. One axis was a number and the other a letter. People gave directions by the type of map and a grid number
Your goal is to locate one of the above mentioned resources and find your address, your school, closest hospital, and your mayor’s office.

Bloom’s Taxonomy 

Bloom’s Taxonomy: create, explore, evaluate, generate, include, identify, list, observe, reflect, review , use, and write

Workforce Skills 

Critical thinking, materials evaluation, reading comprehension, science, writing, research



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