Your students will enjoy this fun, NGSS aligned bridge building activity. Get students to problem solve and work together as they design a bridge out of raw spaghetti noodles, mini-marshmallows, and clear tape. The goal is to design a bridge that is capable of holding the heaviest load.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.