Gumdrop Dome

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Description

In this activity (located on pages 23-24 of the PDF), learners are introduced to structural engineering and encouraged to practice goal-oriented building. Learners work to build the strongest dome they can using only gumdrops and toothpicks.

Quick Guide

  • Preparation Time: 5 to 10 minutes
  • Learning Time: 30 to 45 minutes
  • Estimated materials cost: $1 - $5 per group of students
  • Age Range: Ages 8 - 18
  • Resource Types:
  • Language: English

Materials List (per group of students)

  • Sample domes for display
  • 50 toothpicks
  • 30 gumdrops
  • Gumdrop Dome handout
  • 1 paper plate
  • weight set to test the dome structure
Subjects

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Model Building

Subjects

  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Technology
      • Construction
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving
Audience

To use this activity learners need to

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Culture, ethnicity, and gender

    Girls

    • Explicity developed for this group
    • Acknowledges this group's contributions to STEM
    • Highlights STEM opportunities for this group
    • Identifies role models or mentors in STEM fields from this group
    • Uses inclusive images of people from this group

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