Build human-scale structures of great height and strength. Working in teams, students explore the strengths of different shapes made with dowels and rubber bands. Students will use investigation and their knowledge of geometry to build strong towers or bridges that can withstand a load of up to 8 pounds. Apply engineering principles to build a SUPER STRUCTURE.
Minimum/Maximum class size: 16/32 students
6, 7 and 8
Students will experience the relative strengths of different geometric shapes and how they carry the loads they experience.
Students will cooperatively problem solve and apply their knowledge to engineer a solution to a problem.
Students explain their reasoning and decision-making process used in creating free-standing structures.
Geometric principles can be applied to help solve real-world challenges.
This activity is funded, in part, through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Learn More