Thursday, April 29, 2010

Create a flower or plant

This challenge is simple, but great for all ages:

Use the following materials to create a new variety of plant:

3 pipe cleaners
1 paper cup
3 paperclips
3 inches of tape
3 pieces of paper
1 marker
3 objects of your choice

The challenge is to use all objects -- when you send in your pictures include the name of your plant!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Cards and Straws Solutions

Once again, Boo and Zee did a marvelous job! Read more about it here.

And check out these super solutions from a 5th grade class!

And, here
is Isiah's wonderful solution.

Congratulations everyone for thinking hard!

Pens, Pencils, Paperclips

Can you build a boat from pens, pencils and paperclips? Will it float?

This challenge is to build a boat with pens, pencils, and paperclips or any combination thereof. The challenge is 1) see if it floats, 2) see how much weight it will hold before sinking -- use coins as your weights.

Caution: placing pens in water may affect their ability to write.

Good luck!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Cards and Straws

Build the largest structure you can and send it's measurements in with your pictures. You may use -- one box of paperclips, one bag of straws, and one deck of cards.

Good luck!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Paper Airplanes Solutions

Boo and Zee used their creative minds to figure out how to build a paper airplane without using their hands! Strong work! Read all about it here.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Using the following materials --build the longest cantilever you can.

One roll of scotch tape
One hundred straws

Good luck! Be sure to include your measurements when you send in your solution.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Paper Airplanes

The challenge -- using 4 pieces of paper, tape, and tongs but NOT your hands build the biggest paper airplane you can. Then, fly it!