At Wachusett Ski Mountain we held an engineering competition. Skiers and boarders in grades K-7 participated! Contestants were asked to design a model of gondola (for a lift) from paper and see how much weigh it could hold. Contestants were then challenged to re-design their gondola in order to have it hold more weight. We used marbles to add weight to the chairs. The only requirement was that they could not use more than one 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of construction paper. They were offered three different types of tape (clear, masking, and duck tape), Popsicle sticks, string, and aluminum foil.
First time builders:
First Place: Camryn: 144 marbles
Second Place: Tim and Jack: 137 marbles
When it came to engineering a better chair the second time:
First Place: Caleb was our master at holding the most weight: 812 marbles
Second Place: Nick was our innovator, being the first to venture on his own: (308 marbles).