Increasing Strength – A Struts and Ties Experiment

Today, the students in Mr. Small’s and Mr. Jackson’s classes conducted an experiment exploring the effect struts and ties have on the strength of a structure. Our students first created a basic cube structure using spaghetti noodles and mini marshmallows and tested it’s ability to support a load. Afterwards, the students then designed and built a second cube (with the same materials) but this time using using struts and ties to help strengthen or reinforce their structure. As you will see from the pictures below, the students were really engaged in the experiment and demonstrated some incredible ingenuity in their designs.

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