STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths)
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We had a whole school engineering STEM challenge.
Here is what we had to say:
"We are making a tall tower. Ours was standing but then we put too much paper at the top and it started to drop."
Year 1 pupil
"We can make paper stronger by scrunching it, folding it and rolling it up."
"We are building a tower that must be able to stand on its own. We built a big base."
Year 2 pupil
"We included diagonal bars to make it stronger. Next time we could make the base wider and the top narrower, like the Shard."
"If we made our structures again, I would make my tower thicker so that it can hold the weight of the top without bending."
Year 3 pupil
"If I did it again I would twist my paper to make it realy sturdy."
"We evaluated our structure half way through to see if we would need to adapt our design. We discovered that we needed to focus more on the stability of our structure rather than the height."
Year 4 pupil
"It worked well because our base was stable. We used extra reinforcement by adding paper balls under the legs, allowing us to do a second layer at the top."
We worked as a group and tested several ideas first. We discovered that the simpler designs were the most effective."
Year 5 pupil
"We used straws as weights to support our structure."
Year 6 pupil
"Our tower is like a tripod because it has stands at the bottom to support it."