Pasta Tower CHALLENGE

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YOUR CHALLENGE IS:

USE SPAGHETTI AND MINI MARSHMALLOWS TO BUILD THE TALLEST TOWER

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K-12 CHALLENGE

Using 50 pieces of Spaghetti and 30 mini marshmallows, build the tallest free-standing tower you can. Submit photos of your tower (6 max), include one photo showing its height. Also include a text description of your design. Be sure to review the CONTEST RULES and DESIGN GUIDELINES for all challenge details, including the privacy requirements: NO FACES OR NAMES in your submission. Take your awesomeness to new heights... and good luck!
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DATES / JUDGING CRITERIA / PRIZES

You have to play by the Rules to Win.

WHO CAN ENTER

Individuals or Teams of up to 4 Students
All teammates must be in the same judging category
Grades K-12 Students
In the United States

JUDGING CRITERIA

Grades K-12
 
20
POINTS
Communication of your Design
40
POINTS
Height of your Pasta Tower (On a scale of 0 = Floor to 40 = Celing)
40
POINTS
Creativity of Your Pasta Tower Design

HOW TO ENTER

An entry must include:


Title (Max 30 Characters)

Text Description (Max 1500 Characters)

Up to 6 images (Max 3MB each; JPG/JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF or SVG)


Please review the Contest Rules and Design Guidelines prior to creating your entry.
Contest Rules Design Guidelines
PROGRAM DATES
Challenge Launch
15
March
Entries Close
11
July
Semifinalists Announced
07
August
Finalists Announced
13
August
Winners Announced
20
August
Challenge Launch
15
March
Entries Close
11
July
Semifinalists Announced
07
August
Finalists Announced
13
August
Winners Announced
20
August

PRIZES

 

Conduct The Challenge

Lesson Plan Details and Challenge Tips!

1. Science Lessons

Learn the Engineering Design Process

2. Digital Tools

Learn to edit photos

3. Brainstorm & Design

Discover the properties of your materials

4. Build & Iterate

Build your pasta tower
Science Lessons
Digital Tools
Brainstorm & Design
Build & Iterate
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Science Lessons
Digital Tools
Brainstorm & Design
Build & Iterate

LEARN ABOUT SCIENCE

The Engineering Design Process is a series of steps engineers use to solve a problem. Often times, the problem involves designing a product (ex. structure, machine or computer code) that meets specific criteria. Students will learn/review the engineering design process.
FOR THE CLASSROOM

Group Size

Max 4 Students per Team

Approach

Use slide deck to teach

Material

Internet, Computer

Educator tools

Videos / Resources

Brainstorm & Design

It's brainstorm time! Students will explore the properties of spaghetti and marshmallows to supersize their free-standing towers.
FOR THE CLASSROOM

Group Size

Max 4 Students per Team

Approach

Experiment with materials

Material

Uncooked Spaghetti, Mini Marshmallows

Educator tools

Brainstorming Ideas

Brainstorming Idea
SPAGHETTI PROPERTIES

What properties does pasta have that could be useful in your build? What makes it buckle, flex or snap? If you hold the spaghetti vertical, how does it deal with a load above it? If you place it horizontal, how does it deal with a load above it? How can you make it stronger? 

 

Brainstorming Idea
MARSHMALLOW PROPERTIES

What properties do mini marshmallows have that could be useful in your build? Will you use your mini marshmallows as structural nodes? Do you want to split them? Mush them? Stretch them?

 

 

Digital Tools

Take your photos to the next level by using photo editing tools.
FOR THE CLASSROOM

Group Size

Max 4 Students per Team

Approach

Edit photo/s using photo editing tools

Material

Computer, Internet
Native Tools

Microsoft Photo offers free, basic photo editing software for PC users.

iPhoto is free for Mac users and is a powerful beginner photo editing tool.

Google photos has simple photo editing capabilities and is free for Android or iOS users.

WeVideo is a cloud-based photo/video editor that is included in the Creative Apps bundle for Chromebooks which may have been pre-purchased by a school with their chromebooks.

Build & Iterate

It’s build time! Students will build, evaluate and refine their pasta tower.
FOR THE CLASSROOM

Group Size

Max 4 Students per Team

Approach

Build pasta tower

Material

50 Pieces of Uncooked Spaghetti, 30 Mini Marshmallows

Educator tools

 
 
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