Tall Cup Stack Challenge

By Jenna Richter | February 17, 2016 | Engineering, Project Work

Working in teams, the students were presented with two challenges.  First they were to build a shelter that was big enough for them to fit inside

Each group had 80 cups to work with.

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Next, the students worked to build their tower as tall as they could get it.

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Then the teams combined using all 190 cups to build the biggest structure they could.  They had to make a pattern.  With the red and blue, they worked an ABAB pattern and when they got up high, they had an uneven number of cups.  They figured out they had about 2/3’s tuquiose and 1/3 yellow.  The new pattern became turquoise, turquoise, yellow, AAB pattern.

 

 

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It takes teamwork, cooperation, planning and perseverance to make such a big project as a group.

 

Moments before the big crash down.
Moments before the big crash down.

 

We are incorporating this building strategy into our Story Book Theater Project.  The cups will act as the bricks in the play “The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig.”

Once a material is introduced, I love to see where the children will go with it.  The cups are now a part of the classroom and much building has ensued.

 

During free choice, Boden, Louie and Finn all worked on building their own towers.
During free choice, Boden, Louie and Finn all worked on building their own towers.
I love the look of pride and accomplishment on Louie's face. Top layers had to be added from a chair.
I love the look of pride and accomplishment on Louie’s face. Top layers had to be added from a chair.