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Learning Lab

Super Structures

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

Grade Level: 
6, 7 and 8
Learning Goals: 
  • 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.
Academic Standard Strand: 
Nature of Science & Engineering
Physical Science
Geometry & Measurement
Experience Run Time: 
50 minutes
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Reservation Required: 
Museum Admission plus Additional Fee
Specific Cost: 
$6 per student
Physical Location: 
Only at the Science Museum of Minnesota
Specific Location: 
Education Classrooms, Level 2

Reservations are required at least 2 weeks in advance for Learning Labs. To make your reservation, fill out the Field Trip Reservation Request, email, or call (651) 221-9444 Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.