Students from Years 7 and 8 were taking part in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event earlier this month and were tasked with designing and building towers, using only dried spaghetti and marshmallows.
The youngsters, who were working in teams and timed against the clock had to identify the best way of building a tower, in order to qualify for a prize.
The categories being: Tallest tower, Coolest looking tower and Strongest tower.
The students really engaged with this task and came up with some amazing designs, especially those trying to make the coolest looking tower. Staff who were judging the competition saw some ambitious designs, some collapsing in the final moments, with the tallest tower reaching a height of 47cm. The most fun was had when the towers were tested for strength; if the tower could support the weight of a chocolate egg, then the team won one each to eat, that created moments of tension in itself!
The activity helped the youngsters explore structural forces, such as compression and tension, as well as develop their analytical skills by testing and developing their ideas. Some teams explored their ideas on paper first, whilst others adopted the trial and error approach to the task.