Engineering Experiment Challenges 3rd Graders

Student builds tower from candy and toothpicks
Students in Ms. Wood’s 3rd grade class enjoyed a hands-on engineering experiment December 10 as they built towers from mini-marshmallows, pumpkin candies and toothpicks.

The activity was the culmination of a science unit that explored thick versus thin questions. Students researched structures, resources and materials before sketching a detailed blueprint design for a freestanding tower.

On Thursday, students tried their blueprint designs and recorded the height of their initial structures. They then explored how they could alter the design if it did not work before recording the final height of their tower.

“See what I said about thinking that you can do it instead of thinking that you can’t?” Ms. Woods said encouragingly to a student as his first attempt did not work exactly as planned.

Great job!