Garden Poles--Building Out
Building out with garden poles and tape provides students with the opportunity to experience the same basic physics and engineering phenomena as they encountered in smaller-scale activities such as Straws and Pins--Building Out. Students will have an entirely different experience of these phenomena due to the changes caused by the change of scale. Materials seem more flimsy, joints seem less secure. This is a good activity to do near the end of your structure and scale unit, and should be preceded by building on a smaller scale. As in the smaller scale building-out activities, students should be given the opportunity to talk about bridges and cantilever structures that they know.
4, 5, 6
Architecture, Engineering, Physical Sciences, Physics, Process Skills
Students, General public