Stem Challenge 2016-17
Autumn Term Challenge - How long is a piece of paper?
STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. Our first challenge involved us investigating how long a piece of paper could be. Each group was given an a4 piece of paper, a pair of scissors and some glue. We had to think carefully about how we would link pieces of paper together to make it long enough but strong enough to withhold being stretched. We then took our paper into the hall and used metre sticks to measure the length. We discovered that the paper which was cut into the thinnest and longest strips created the longest piece of paper, measuring over 9 metres!
Spring term Challenge - Teamwork Towers
We were shown some spaghetti, marshmallows and some tape. What could we make? What could we do with them? We then discussed towers and researched famous buildings from around the world and their structures. What makes them so significant? How are they still standing? Before building our towers, we got into teams and created a plan for our structure. We had to think carefully about the length and amount of materials to use and how we would strengthen the joints. After this we then discussed what problems we may face and how we could overcome them. Next it was time to build! We soon discovered that it wasn't as easy as it looked and we had to modify our ideas from our original plan. The idea was to be able to build a free standing structure which could withhold the weight of a large marshmallow . Have a look and decide which ones you thought survived the challenge!