Last week I had the students work in groups to create a bridge that could span a gap at least 25 centimeters long. They had three days to work on the project and I gave them a lot of time to do so with these materials.
Yup, that is spaghetti. The only other materials they were allowed to use were tape, glue, and a cardboard base.
Apparently there are contests all over the continent where students compete to win prizes based on the stability and structure of their bridges. Most contests allow the builders to only use a certain amount of spaghetti and either hot glue or epoxy.
I started off the class assignment by giving each group one package of spaghetti, one role of tape, and a bottle of white school glue. I told them that they could have a second package of spaghetti if they needed it. The goal was to create a strong bridge that could hold some weight. At the end of the week, we would test them all out to see which group had the strongest bridge.
It was a lot of fun. Here are some pictures.
These students decided to use the base as a support for their beams. Good idea!
Great team work here!
The students learned that triangles are a strong shape and a few groups applied that to their models.
This group is just about done. The model is almost ready for testing.
It just needed painting. Well, it didn’t, but this group really got into their work so when they asked for the paint, I was all for it.
HERE ARE THE TOP THREE FINAL PROJECTS
The blue one fell over but the other two held them.
I think the kids were just as amazed as I was.
They did a great job.
It was a good time of year to do this project as well. Students tend to get a bit wiry around this time of year. They all look forward to March Break and sometimes get a little carried away. This project kept them motivated for a week and it is something that I will definitely need to do again in the future.
That being said. It is March Break. I need a break just as much as the students do. That is why there will be no Teaching Tip Tuesday entry tomorrow. I plan on using tomorrow to write and just enjoy my day.