Lesson Title: Spaghetti Anyone? Building With Pasta
Use the engineering design process to build a structure to handle the greatest load. Gain first-hand experience with compression and tension forces.
• Test factors affecting the strength and stability of a structure.
• Use the design process to identify the problem and brainstorm, design, build, test, redesign and share their solutions.
• Measure and record strength and amount of weight the structure will hold.
Professional Development Training Modules for This Lesson
Lesson Activities and Sequence
NASA "Why?" Files: The Case of the "Wright Invention"
Keywords: design process, structures, geometry, failure
- Create a design for your spaghetti structure.
- Build the tower.
- Redesign to correct for any structural flaws.
- Draw the final design at the bottom of this page.
- Measure and record the height of your structure.
- Share your model with the class and compare heights to other models.
National Science Education Standards, NSTA
Science as Inquiry
• Understanding of scientific concepts.
• An appreciation of "how we know" what we know in science.
• Skills necessary to become independent inquirers about the natural world.
• The dispositions to use the skills, abilities and attitudes associated with science.
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, NCTM
Ratios and Proportional Relationships
• Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
• Solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area and volume.
ISTE NETS and Performance Indicators for Students, ISTE
Creativity and Innovation
• Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
• Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
Communication and Collaboration
• Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.