This fun, engaging cooperative learning assignment can be used as a STEM project as well as a team building activity for all subject areas. Students will design, build and test a free standing tower structure using only spaghetti and mini marshmallows.
Students will be challenged to use the technological method to analyze and solve the problem: define the problem, develop alternate solutions, select a solution, implement and evaluate the solution, redesign the solution, and interpret the solution.
I have included two versions of this assignment for differentiated instruction. The first version I use with my standard physical science students and the second version I use with my advanced physical science students. In both versions the goal is for the students to build the tallest tower they can out of marshmallows (joints) and spaghetti (members).
For the first version, each team will receive a set number of supplies.
However, for the second version there is a twist! Each team will have a budget of only 400 dollars. One piece of spaghetti costs ten dollars and each marshmallow costs five dollars.
This low prep activity includes detailed, step by step student instructions, planning sheet, group evaluation worksheet, self evaluation worksheet, as well as printable money for the second version of the assignment.
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