Spagmellow Structures Showcase Science Skills

Young scientists put their knowledge to good use as they took on a sugary building challenge as part of Science Week.

Year 7 students were set the task of designing and making the tallest structure possible out of spaghetti and marshmallows – with the added challenge of it being stable enough to hold a Kinder Egg.

Supplies of spaghetti and marshmallows were strictly limited to make the competition fair and youngsters worked together to make the best use of their construction materials.

Designs were put together during the first lesson – with every team producing a unique idea for the best way to tackle the problem. They then had just one hour during their second lesson to make the spaghetti and marshmallow tower they had carefully designed into a reality.

Esme Gillett, a Year 7 student who took part in the challenge said: “During this time everyone was hard at work and no one wanted their tower to fall. After we had finished, some towers did fall over and others started to lean – but everyone enjoyed themselves. I found it really fun and I know my friends in other classes did as well. We also learned a lot about how hard it is to keep a building from leaning and a lot about some of the tallest towers in the world.”