Students were given a set budget to choose from materials to build a miniature rescue litter for a potato. It was attached to a zipline and judged on how well it could carry the potato down from a high table, as well as its portability. This helped students consider how seemingly simple real-life objects like rescue litters have many design specifications and factors to consider.
Students were given 45 minutes to build a tower out of a cup, popsicle sticks, straws, and masking tape that could survive an earthquake. The disaster was simulated by rolling a wooden board full of marbles over another board. Students tried to build the tallest tower possible while making sure the tower could survive the earthquake for a long time, holding up and protecting a pipe cleaner person at the top.
Students were challenged to build an aqueduct to carry water from a stream (the classroom sink) to a town in Ancient Rome. They had to invent ways to hold up the waterways spanning the classroom and prevent potential leaks. With just cups, trash bags, poster boards, duct tape, and some PVC pipes, students were able to construct aqueducts and compete to see whose could carry water the fastest.
Partnering with Washington University’s Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, we participated in an InvestiGirls workshop at Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls. For this studio, the girls built and launched their own two liter bottle rockets using compressed air. InvestiGirls gives the students of Hawthorn opportunities to learn about different skills and fields, and Studio: TESLA represented STEM activities. We assisted Hawthorn’s mission to introduce new female leaders to STEM fields and can’t wait to see what they accomplish!
On October 9 and 11, the students at Brittany Woods Middle School and Holman Middle School were faced with the task of building a suspension bridge using only straw, string and some tape. After some time planning and crafting the design, the final contraption was put to test. A bucket was attached to the bridge spanning the gap between two tables and sand was gradually added to the bucket. Let’s see if the students succeeded in building a strong bridge!