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Clough Primary School and Nursery Unit, Ballymena

Spaghetti and Marshmallow Freestanding Tower Challenge

24th Mar 2021

Today P7s were set a STEM challenge to build the tallest freestanding tower using only spaghetti and marshmallows.   
Some towers were so strong they even held a Creme Egg at the top!

The children were able to....

  • Understand the importance of teamwork and communication
  • Understand that some shapes are stronger than others - looked at triangles being good shapes for strength
  • Understand that even weak materials can be made stronger with good design techniques, and that distribution of weight is an important consideration when building a tower - wider at the bottom and gradually getting narrower towards the top
  • Compare their model to others to understand why some models are stronger than others

Well Done Everyone - some future engineers within the class!!👏👏