The were asked to build the tallest free standing Tree with unlimted amounts of Gummy Bears and toothpicks. They were allowed 3 questions for help from a teacher.
Once they had decided to stop building, they were asked to measure the height of the tree, count the toothpicks & bears used to record on their data page.
After the time limit was reached, winners were declared. The children learned a great deal and were shown an example start , a picture and several hints about the importance of a stable base.
Each child approached this problem differently which was interesting to watch. We were able to discuss flexibilty a great deal as many had to change their minds because their tree wouldn't stand up.
There was ample opportunities for problem solving, giggling and quiet focus and reflection.
It was Valentine's day almost, we had earned another AR party, this is a classroom of boys.... So, head on over to Fun and Techy to see some heart engineering and fun. Click -------- > HERE.