spaghetti tower

Today we made Spaghetti Towers.

We talked a bit about towers and structures. Triangles were stronger than squares.

Materials – We did the simplified version. Each team of 2-3 got

  • 15 pieces of uncooked spaghetti and
  • 30 mini marshmallows.

The spaghetti could be broken into pieces. New full length spaghetti was available if the first ones were broken into smaller pieces that weren’t useable – total length of spaghetti remained about the same.

They had 18 minutes to build the tallest free-standing tower possible.

First round – 1 team of 3, 3 teams of 2 – everyone in grades 2-5. Most kids ended up working on their own. Some attempt to combine structures.

  • Highest free-standing tower was 11 inches
  • 3 other shorter towers, only one was “stable.”

Second round – individual kids built towers with spaghetti and marshmallows – started with 3 spaghetti and 10-12 marshmallows, and they could have more if they were constructing a serious tower.

  • Tallest tower 22 inches but probably used more than 15 pieces of spaghetti.

Talked about the internal structure of the Statue of Liberty – lots of similarities.

Everyone had a lovely time.

Next time
– work on team work, engineering design process