четверг, 24 апреля 2014 г.

4 Engineering Challenges for Kids (Cups, Craft Sticks, and Cubes!) - Frugal Fun For Boys

4 Engineering Challenges for Kids (Cups, Craft Sticks, and Cubes!) - Frugal Fun For Boys
4 Engineering Challenges for Kids (Cups, Craft Sticks, and Cubes!) - Frugal Fun For Boys

Four Engineering Challenges for Kids - With Craft Sticks, Cups, and Cubes

This project is the second project in our Summer STEAM Camp series! This week, we are exploring with the sense of touch.


Here are the materials we used for this project: (Amazon affiliate links)



Who knew that craft sticks, cubes, and cups could be so interesting? Extend the play and learning with these fun engineering challenges.


Challenge #1: Build a structure with one cube as the base. Yes, just one cube!


When I announced this one, the boys told me it would be impossible. So I showed them this construction which I had already built:


4 Engineering Challenges for Kids

So then Owen came up with this:


4 Engineering Challenges for Kids

And Gresham built this:


4 Engineering Challenges for Kids

As long as you add pieces on both sides of your structure simultaneously, you can build some amazing designs!


Challenge #2: Using any size base, build the tallest possible structure.


4 Engineering Challenges for Kids

Stacking craft sticks on top of plastic cups allows you to build a much more vertical structure than what you can make with cups alone.


Challenge #3: Feats of Balance. Make something stick out in an impressive way!


This structure that Aidan built seemed to defy gravity! Those cubes are really lightweight, and it was hard to believe that they could counterbalance the craft sticks and cups sticking out like that. But add enough of them…


4 Engineering Challenges for Kids

How many cups can it hold?


4 Engineering Challenges for Kids

One more…


4 Engineering Challenges for Kids

And one more…


OOPS!


4 Engineering Challenges for Kids

Dad made this one:


4 Engineering Challenges for Kids

Challenge #4: What can you build with just one cup as the base?


More than you might think!


4 Engineering Challenges for Kids

4 Engineering Challenges for Kids with Cups, Craft Sticks, and Cubes

Bonus Challenge: Build a chain reaction!


4 Engineering Challenges for Kids - with Cups, Craft Sticks, and Cubes

Remove the first cup, and the sticks fall down in a chain! See how to make it here: Simple Popsicle Stick Chain Reactions


Like these engineering challenges? Here are more with simple materials: 5 Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks


4 Engineering Challenges for Kids - Craft Sticks, Plastic Cups, and Wooden Cubes

Summer STEAM Camp

Be sure to stop by the rest of the posts in the Summer STEAM Camp series!


Easy and Colorful Magnetic Sculpture – Pink Stripey Socks


Creative Pool Noodle STEAM Fun – One Time Through


String and Bead Puzzle – What Do We Do All Day?


Learning About Slugs – Why Do Slugs Have Slime? – Lemon Lime Adventures


Original article and pictures take http://frugalfun4boys.com/2015/06/11/4-engineering-challenges-kids/ site


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