Drop ‘N Build Tallest Structure Challenge
Students in Clairbourn’s Middle School experience surprise engineering challenges during the school year. These “Drop Everything and Build” classes provide opportunities for problem-solving, collaboration, and creative solutions, and help students to think like an engineer. For each activity, students have 30 minutes to design and build a structure that fulfills a specific goal.
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The first challenge of the school year was to “Build the Tallest Free-Standing Structure.” The list of materials they could build with were limited to 20 popsicle sticks, 1 hot glue gun with one glue stick, 5 paper clips, 2 drinking straws, and a sheet of paper to form the base. Two seventh-graders were the overall challenge winners and built a structure 175cm tall.
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