The Marshmallow Challenge with our Steam Team

Alex, Caleb, and Sabine work together to build a stable tower using spaghetti noodles.

Alex, Caleb, and Sabine work together to build a stable tower using spaghetti noodles.

The kids at our STEAM programming learned some engineering fundamentals using 20 uncooked spaghetti noodles, three feet of string, three feet of tape, and one large of marshmallow.

They used these materials to build the tallest, strongest tower they could in 18 minutes.

The children quickly discovered that some shapes are more stable than others and that the triangle was strongest of all.

Madelyn and Andrew carefully try to grow their tower.

Madelyn and Andrew carefully try to grow their tower.

Our young engineers then tried to construct the strongest possible tower with more uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows of varying sizes. (We used a lot of marshmallows this week.) Then, we tested their buildings with weights to see which was sturdiest.

Our STEAM series continues next Tuesday, Feb. 21, with art and concludes with math on Feb. 28

Each of these sessions begin at 4 p.m. at our Main Branch.

They are free and open to all kids in first through fifth grade. However, registration is required. Parents must sign up their child for each session separately. Registration begins two weeks before each respective session.

To sign up or for more information, call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Ameri and Aniyah learn quickly that the strongest shape was a triangle.

Ameri and Aniyah learn quickly that the strongest shape was a triangle.

 

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