This week's challenge is a little harder and it requires a few more materials but it is lots of fun! Put the following items on the table: 3 drinking straws6 toothpicks3 large marshmallows (if you don't have any use 3 bandaids)3 round plastic tops (size doesn't really matter -- we used the tops to bottled water)18 lifesavers (or cherrios or fruit loops)small appleTell students to raise the apple off the ground as high as possible for as long as possible. This time, they may use scissors during "construction" but may not use them to elevate the apple. Remember, the focus is the thinking part so if you don't have the exact materials, don't worry about it, just go with what you have. It is supposed to be fun and require no planning!
This is the first time we've taken part in the Think! weekly challenges and my boys had a lot of fun!
Rylan used 3 caps, 3 marshmallows, 3 straws and 1 toothpick to lift his [plum] off the table 7.5 inches. It stayed for just under a minute.
Cohen was more interested in playing around with the items than actually making much. But he did use 3 toothpicks, 3 marshmallows, 3 straws and 3 caps to lift his plum about 1/2 an inch.
Cale tried. But in his frustration he stomped off....maybe next time...