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You're Grounded


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You're Grounded

In this engineering activity, learners test the stability of towers they build out of cups, discovering that structures with more mass in the base are more stable.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 6 plastic cups (10-12 oz.)
  • Tape (masking or duct)
  • Magazines
  • Pennies

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Architectural Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Center of Gravity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, COSI Columbus, ©2009

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