How high can you go? Using plastic cups, craft sticks, plastic cubes or any other form of building block, build a tower that won’t topple. Play this game with family or friends.
This challenge is about working collaboratively and planning your structure carefully. Set yourself the goal of completing it just 30 minutes. Sound easy? It’s not! Expect to have some building disasters during your first attempts. Being comfortable with failure is an essential trait for a successful inventor -it’s how you improve!
Think about balance and the way you need to distribute the weight of your building items evenly to ensure that you have a stable tower.
Plastic cups (lots of them!)What you’ll need:
craft sticks (optional)
cardboard for extra balance (optional)
How to play
Work in groups of 2 or more
Set your timer for 30 mins.
Start using just the plastic cups to create the tower. The trick is how many cups you use for the tower’s base.
To make it even more complicated, stack the craft sticks on top of plastic cups in order to build a much more vertical structure than what you can make with cups alone.
Have a play around with cardboard to create floors to make it even more interesting!
If your tower falls down, start again! Failure is what teaches us how to improve the next time around!
Be green with this activity, don’t just throw out your cups when you’re done! Re-use them and then recycle when done.
Impress Nasa by learning how to make an awesome Stomp Rocket in this fun and simple science experiment.
A stomp rocket works by applying air pressure to the rocket’s body. By stomping on an attached air bladder, air rushes towards the rocket, launching it into the sky.
What you’ll need:
1x 2L plastic bottle
1 x 350ml plastic bottle
1x 1 1\2 meter flexible tube
1 x adhesive tape
1 x cardboard sheet
1 x pair of scissors
How to make the Rocket:
Attach one end of the flexible tube to the 2L bottle’s (air bladder) opening.
With scissors, cut out triangular wing tips from the cardboard sheet and attach them to the 350ml plastic bottle. Try adding a nose cone and other rocket features. Remember the bottle opening is to be at the bottom of your rocket.
Insert the flexible tube into the rocket’s opening. If the tube is too small, wrap adhesive tape around it until it is thick enough to fit snuggly into the opening.
Hold the tube just below the base of the rocket, at about waist height, with the rocket pointing up and away from you. Position the 2L bottle on the ground near your foot.
Stomp on the 2L bottle and watch the rocket blast into the stratosphere!
Did you know that you can alter the rocket’s flight by changing the angle you point the rocket and the force you use to stomp on the air bladder? If you really want to take it up a notch, experiment with different wingtip designs to see if they also affect the rocket’s flight.