Kiersten's Point Udall Project

A couple times during the year, Kiersten's teacher will be giving the students special projects to complete at home with help from their parents. Keirsten received her first project assignment a few days ago, build a model of one of the historic sites located on St. Croix. Kiersten chose to make a model of Point Udall.

The first step was to decide what material to use for construction of the monument. We went out hunting. It turned out that modeling clay is extremely rare and expensive on the island, so we passed on that as a medium. Then we stumbled on to some cork sheets and decided this was perfect for matching the stone texture of the monument.

Kiersten will use cork for the four monument pillars and pieces of dowel for the shadow pole and flag poles and paint the cork to look like stone.

Dad and Uncle Mike have helped with the layout and cutting of the cork to make the pieces for the four monument pillars. Kierten laid them out and glued the edges, then Dad helped Keirsten push in straight pins to hold the pieces together until the glue dried. After the glue dried, Kiersten removed the pins and glued the four pillars to the cork base, in the proper orientation.

Then Kiersten took the assembly outside to paint it gray for a more stonelike finish. Now came the cutting of the dowel for the shadow pole in the middle and the four perimeter poles. After some help from Mom and Uncle Mike with the cutting, then Kiersten and Mom drilled holes in the cork base for the poles. Kiersten put a little glue in the holes and inserted the poles, making sure to get them nice and straight.

Finally the model is finished and Dad helped Kiersten make a photo page to go with her demonstration, showing the actual monument and the commemorative plaque located on the Eastern pillar. The plaque explains that the design of the momument represents two letter 'M's, the Roman numeral for 1000, crossing at 90°, hence the year 2000. It also explains the orientation and placement of the shadow pole, which casts a shadow on a line on the ground indicating North at Noon time each day.


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