Wednesday, 16 February 2011

D&T Towers

With the Olympics rapidly approaching, some pupils inYear 5 were set the challenge of constructing a tower on which to mount the Olympic flame. This event was held at St Bernadettes in Cove as part of the Rushmoor's able child challenges. However even Sir Norman Foster, architect of London's famous Gherkin building, would have had to think carefully about this structure because instead of steel , concrete or wood the only construction materials were uncooked spaghetti and a bag of marshmallows!

Working in mixed school teams, the pupils took inspiration from other famous buildings such as the Eiffel Tower , the Parthenon and the Petronas Towers in Malaysia and soon transformed their sketches on paper into a range of towers of varying designs and stability.

James commented "We were judged on tower height, strength and build quality. We also learnt a new word "aesthetics" which is how attractive / good looking a building or object may be". Ryan enjoyed working with different schools, making friends and having fun. Luke noted that team work was vital on such projects -you achieve much more when working and collaborating with others.

All the teams did a marvellous job although some of the towers were a little stronger than others. James' team came a close second to the winning structure.

Perhaps during half term you could take up this challenge yourself. (If you can resist the temptation to eat the marshmallows).

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