Saturday, September 20, 2008

Week Four - Apples

This week's challenge is a little harder and it requires a few more materials but it is lots of fun!

Put the following items on the table:
3 drinking straws
6 toothpicks
3 large marshmallows (if you don't have any use 3 bandaids)
3 round plastic tops (size doesn't really matter -- we used the tops to bottled water)
18 lifesavers (or cherrios or fruit loops)
small apple

Tell students to raise the apple off the ground as high as possible for as long as possible. This time, they may use scissors during "construction" but may not use them to elevate the apple. Remember, the focus is the thinking part so if you don't have the exact materials, don't worry about it, just go with what you have. It is supposed to be fun and require no planning!

As always, send us your pictures and your results (how far off the ground and how long it stood) -- if you changed the materials, be sure to let us know. We'll post them right away ( I prefer to keep all solutions in one post so I will keep adding and republishing the same post as the entries come in). The next giveaway drawing will be sometime in October.

Note: A similar challenge was offered at Great Solutions.

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