Wednesday, August 06, 2008

This week in T.E.S.L.A.

This week in T.E.S.L.A. we did a team exercise. We divided up the group into four teams and gave them each the same task: build a bridge across a large gray bin using only marshmallows, toothpicks, craft sticks, rubber bands, and yarn. Each group could win a prize of a large box of candy if they completed a bridge that was capable of supporting a small remote control car.

It was an admirable exercise in problem solving. The kids experimented and found that suspension bridges seemed to be the easiest to build (although one team did produce a cantilever bridge). But it was so fun to just watch the kids exploring.

Next week we will be doing the Egg Drop competition. Each kid got an identical box, which they are to take home and pad out to keep an egg from breaking as we drop it out my second story window onto my driveway.