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Build A Marshmallow Tower – Engineering

Build A Marshmallow Tower – Engineering

Simple and Fun Lessons on Engineering for Elementary Students

Today we are beginning some hands-on lessons to introduce T to engineering. We are starting slow with this very simple marshmallow/toothpick tower and will move into more difficult problem solving with more advanced goals but you have to start somewhere.

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Lesson Goals

  • Recognizing shape strengths
  • Problem-solving with only the items assigned
  • Have a lot of fun and build a super cool marshmallow tower

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Vocabulary for this lesson.

This is new so first things first. Let’s see how the Bing Dictionary defines Engineering for us:

  • application of science to designing things: the application of science in the design, planning, construction, and maintenance of buildings, machines, and other manufactured things
  • profession involving technical designing: a branch of engineering pursued as a profession, e.g. civil engineering or electronic engineering
  • contrivance: the planning or bringing about of something, especially when done with ingenuity or secretiveness

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Impressive Engineering Examples To Discuss

We are also going to look over this list of: Top 10 Most Impressive Engineering Projects from Engineering Daily. Here we will see that engineers are behind totally cool and awe-inspiring things such as the Moon Landing, The Hoover Dam, The Pyramids of Giza and more.

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Watch A Video

Finally, T is a huge Guinness Book of World Records Fan so we are going to watch this YouTube Video of World Record Engineering Marvels and get oh so inspired!

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Time To Learn About The Strengths of Shapes

To cover shape strength, we discuss which shapes we assume are the strongest and then we watch this video.

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See How It’s Done

Then we are going to watch this to see how it has been done before with this Time-Lapse Video

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Time To Build Our Marshmallow Tower

And now we are ready. Let’s see what he can do!

Items you need for this Marshmallow Tower Project:

  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Toothpicks
  • A base of some form to build on so that you can turn it easily.

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Step 1 – Build a base.   T didn’t skimp on the marshmallows!

Step 2 – Build upwards. Try for 5 inches of stable height.

Step 3 – Reach for the stars! See how high you can build it! 

Step 4 – Record your results and include notes on the experience. What worked and what didn’t. What did you learn?

Get Your Printable Marshmallow Tower Project Worksheet

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Let us know if you have ever built your own marshmallow tower. Have any tips? Share away. We love to hear from you!

Wishing you great happiness and a beautiful school year ahead!


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