Sunday, 18 January 2015

Spaghetti and Marshmallows Tower - a family STEM challenge

Today using spaghetti and marshmallows we saw who could build the tallest tower.

We found:
You can build very large structures from squares and cubes, but they will be weak and will usually fall down quite easily. If you try to make a structure out of triangles and pyramids, it will be strong but you will use a lot of materials before the tower gets very tall! The best way to build a tall tower is to use both triangles and squares – that way you can build big structures that are less wobbly. A diagonal piece of spaghetti put across a square turns a square into two triangles and makes it more rigid

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