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Structures From Around the World

Scientific Inquiry for Spaghetti and Marshmallow Towers

Celia Hampton

on 4 May 2016

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Modifications and Testing
Common Core State Standards for Science
Engineering Design:
Engineering Design is a process of using science principles to solve problems generated by needs and aspirations.
Describe a possible solution that you could use.
How are you going to design your tower?
The Plan: Draw your design
Identify a problem that can be addressed through engineering design using science principles.
Structures From Around the World
Image source courtesy of GAGOC
What tower shape or design will support the most weight?
Materials: Marshmallows and Spaghetti
Test your theory by adding weight to the top of your tower.
Build your Tower
How might you change your design to make it stronger?
Make new observations, change something, and build it differently.
Start over if you need to :)
Did it work?
What did you learn from our discussion?
Towers and skyscrapers are the instrument of choice when countries want to show off their financial and engineering prowess. As a result some of the world's tallest and most visually stunning structures are built.
The tallest tower in the world at the moment is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Not surprisingly it dominates the Dubai skyline and can be seen from 60 miles away.
It is 828 meters in height. It has a restaurant, state of the art gym, corporate suites and water features.
Designed partly as a tourist attraction, it is a statement of wealth and power for the United Arab Emirates.

4.3 Scientific Inquiry: Scientific inquiry is a process of investigation through questioning, collecting, describing, and examining evidence to explain natural phenomena and artifacts.

4.3S.1 Based on observations identify testable questions, design a scientific investigation, collect and record data consistent with a planned scientific investigation.

4.3S.2 Summarize the results from a scientific investigation and use the results to respond to the
question being tested.

4.3S.3 Explain that scientific claims about the natural world use evidence that can be confirmed and support a logical argument.

4.4 Engineering Design: Engineering design is a process of using science principles to solve problems generated by needs and aspirations.

4.4D.1 Identify a problem that can be addressed through engineering design using science principles.

4.4D.2 Design, construct, and test a prototype of a possible solution to a problem using appropriate tools, materials, and resources.

4.4D.3 Explain how the solution to one problem may create other problems.
Standards By Design:
Fourth Grade for Science 04/08/2014
Water Tower
Radio or Internet Tower
Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
Satellite Dish
The infrastructure is
Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower was the winning entry in a competition for a ‘centerpiece’ for the Paris Exposition of 1889. The design by an engineer named Gustav Eiffel was selected from over three hundred entries for its striking design and for its economical structure which displayed the French prowess in metal construction.

Other Towers From Around the World
Change your design.
Scientific Knowledge: Draw your final tower design.
Explain how and why you chose this design for your structure.
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