How high can we go?

8th September 2016

As part of a recent curriculum enrichment session on engineering the children had to make a structure as tall as they could using only straws and sellotape. There were various rules; it had to stand on its own and needed to be stable. They learnt that triangles make things strong and a good wide base was needed. They discussed how an engineer needs to make their structures cost effective so the less materials they could use the better. They also learnt about how elegance, and how a structure looks is also very important.

There were some catastrophic failures and a few pretty decent attempts. The most important thing however was that they all learnt something through the construction and everyone felt that they could do better if they tried again.

 

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