May 19, 2017

# TAKE 1:

1 yard = 36 in = 91.4 cm = 0.91 m

Here is the AMAZING thing … according to designer Tom Wujec, who gives the TED lecture (below), the most successful tower builders are not business school graduates or CEOs, but kindergarten students. The stats are in the video. So here is the challenge. Can you build a structure higher than the towers built by kindergarten kids?

Towers built by Kindergarten Kids AVERAGE HEIGHT = 71 CM or 28 INCH

HIGHEST TOWER from 70 challenges = 99 CM or 39 INCH

The Tom Wujec TED talk is aimed at business ‘team building’. Nevertheless, it is an interesting challenge and fun too.

# TAKE 2:

In fact, the Marshmallow Tower has been around for a very long time. This challenge for middle school kids involves as many marshmallows and sticks of spaghetti needed to build the biggest tower. This is also a great end of year/semester/week challenge.

Mathspig posted this picture of an awesome marshmallow tower here.

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March 1, 2016

#### Mathspig has gone, like, totally Cubist this month. You too can turn any portrait of yourself into a Cubist Master piece (See Mathspig portrait above), here.

Mathspigs maths friends, Lyn and Erwin, who I met at the 13e Salon Culture & Jeux Mathematique, Paris, have sent me a reminder about their amazing Cryptocube construction kit (Mathspig is twirling one above) . This is not for the faint hearted. It’s a Big Maths challenge, but well worth the investment especially for schools. You can learn more about the Zometool Cryptocube construction kit here.

Meanwhile, here are links to 10 Amazing Ways to See a Cube:

## 1. Tube Cube

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## 2. Folded Paper Cube

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## 3. Anamorphic Cube

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## 4. Floating Cube

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## 5. Street Art Cube

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## 6. EDIBLE CUBE

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## 7. GIANT CUBE

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## 8. Spaghetti Cube

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## 9. Fashion Cube

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February 5, 2016

## Guess what kids? Today we’re going to make something with spaghetti and marshmallows!!!!!

That should have them throwing up into their pencil cases. They think of their stomaches first. But you will have their attention. Of course, you are going to make a cube. Look at the pictures below and you’ll work out how to do it.

Too wobbly? Check out below.

Notice the Diagonals!!!!

This is a properly engineered Spaghetti Cube.

Why stop at a cube? You’re on a roll now.

Try a spaghetti and marshmallow tower.

Fabulous instructions here.