Spaghetti Tower Design Challenge
UofM-Michigan Architecture Prepatory Program
To teach some of structural concepts and principles such as bending, shear, building and slenderness, students were to design a Spaghetti Tower.
- To build the tallest free-standing tower that support a piece of marshmallow;
- To Practice the basic engineering principles through a design process that includes thinking, doing, prototyping and iteration;
- To understand the studtural funcion of some shapes. eg. triangles build strong structures;
- To understand the effects of compression and tension in a structure;
- To practice collaboration in design activities;
- To experience prototyping;
- 20 sticks of dry spaghetti;
- One yard of string;
- A pair of Scissor;
- On yard of tape;
- One marshmallow;
- Scratch papers and pencils to draw sketches.
- The tower should be built by using no more than 20 sticks of spaghetti and one yard of tape and one yard of string;
- The marshmallow must be on top and cannot be deformed to hold it in place;
- The structure has to stand firmly on its own; it cannot be propped up, held, or suspended from the ceiling;
- Teams are free to break the spaghetti and to cut up the tape and string.