Posts Tagged ‘tower’

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4. Middle School Madness: BIG MATHS

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

More information at Marshmallow Challenge.

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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8. Spaghetti Cube

February 5, 2016

10 Amazing ways to see a cube

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.

Mathspig Cube 8.1

Too wobbly? Check out below.

Mathspig Cube 8.2

Notice the Diagonals!!!!

This is a properly engineered Spaghetti Cube.

Mathspig Cube 8.4

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

Try a spaghetti and marshmallow tower.

Fabulous instructions here.