A 4 day presentation
Description of Project:
This project comes as an easy, step-by-step classroom activity that walks students through the scientific method. Great for classes where engineering is a standard and you are looking for a creative and inexpensive activity that allows students to manipulate and create.
In partner groups, students will create, test and improve a house made entirely out of toothpicks and mini marshmallows, that will be able to support the weight of a 1000 gram object. Students will use this activity to explore the engineering process.
1 piece of cardboard 3x3in
-30 toothpicks per partner group
-20 small marshmallows per partner group
- Have 2 days to build
- A set of increasing weights Piece economy hooked weight set
For general science and physics laboratory work
Set includes one each of 10g, 50g, 100g, 500g and 1000g, two each of 20g, and 200g weights
Goal: to have students design, engineer, test and improve a structure of their own creation
Follow the scientific method:
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