This is one messy activity! The goal was the tallest tower that could stand unsupported for 5 seconds. The gumdrops were easy to find because Valentine's Day is around the corner. The toothpicks were tricky - the round toothpicks are so much stronger that the flat ones (and so much more costly!). We had a lot of trouble with the flat toothpicks breaking and not supporting the weight of the gumdrops. However, even though it was messy - the kids had a ton of fun and learned some engineering along the way!
We had a bunch of fun letting the kids create with K'Nex. I put out a booklet with ideas if they wanted, or they could explore with the different pieces. This particular picture is a student who began to build with the book, but then added his own flair to it!
I'm the librarian at Fern Bluff Elementary. We're piloting a Maker Space in the library this year. Maker Spaces, STEAM labs and fab labs are popping up in schools across the country. Maker Spaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering.I'm going to share what works and what doesn't.