Loaded Ziplines with Potatoes

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.

Movers and Shakers Build Towers at City Faces and Holman Middle

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.

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Channeling Creativity at Jets and Brittany Woods

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.

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Investing in the Future with InvestiGirls

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!

Bridge Building at Holman

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!

Grace accepted the challenge of building a suspension bridge to span a gap that was two straw lengths wide. Her design was so sturdy that it stayed up under the load of a full cup of sand despite its great length!

Grace accepted the challenge of building a suspension bridge to span a gap that was two straw lengths wide. Her design was so sturdy that it stayed up under the load of a full cup of sand despite its great length!

This is Julia our volunteer collaborating with a student to build a bridge. Ms. Huttie popped popcorn for the whole group as well!

This is Julia our volunteer collaborating with a student to build a bridge. Ms. Huttie popped popcorn for the whole group as well!

Two Holman Middle School students observe how much sand their bridge will hold.

Two Holman Middle School students observe how much sand their bridge will hold.

Brittany Woods Middle School students adding final touches to their bridge!

Brittany Woods Middle School students adding final touches to their bridge!

This is Korion and Tamera collaborating at Brittany Woods to build a suspension bridge using only straw, string and some tape. They were successful in holding up an entire up of sand with only two straws spanning the gap between tables.

This is Korion and Tamera collaborating at Brittany Woods to build a suspension bridge using only straw, string and some tape. They were successful in holding up an entire up of sand with only two straws spanning the gap between tables.