The journal of Experiential Education
The significance of "Eureka!" in the title derives from the exhilaration of discovery that took place through a project in which a class of sixth graders built a Yurt.1 There was a "Wow!" sense of awe and achievement akin to completing one's first rockclimb or a thousand-piece puzzle. In the words of many of the sixth graders who participated-" I can't believe we did it!" They built a scaled-down Yurt (see photo], a circular building having walls that slant upward and outward from a round base, with an overhanging, cone-like roof. The roof has a skylight in the middle, capping the top of the walls. After a fresh four-inch snowfall, the Yurt looks like a frosted cupcake. This wooden Yurt has a folded roof which resembles the folds in cupcake papers.
Allen, Jo Anna, "Eureka! A Yurt! Integrating Mathematics, Cooperative Learning, and Community Service" (1991). Project Summaries. 9.