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Straw tower challenge

on February 16, 2017

1. Describe the shape or construction of the tower that was the tallest and won the challenge? How was this tower different from yours, if yours did not win?

We had one huge tower, made by paper. Then we used straws and Rolled up paper to be the support beams. Then using the tape to actally hold the tower and the support beams.

2. If you had a chance to do this project again, what would your team have done differently?

Nothing really. My team won, though I guess i should have work a little more. I didn’t really do anything except hold the tower in place so my Group can put tape on.

3. Do you think that this activity was more rewarding to do as a team, or would you have preferred to work alone on it? Why?

Definitely as a team. It’s better to have 3 or 4 minds than one. Also we have different perspective about the tower, so if one thing looks okay to Jayson for example, Charles and David might think something else.

4. If you could have used one additional material (tape, glue, wood sticks, foil — as examples) which would you choose and why?

Wood sticks, i believe that the wood sticks could hold it better than straws. Also that the wood sticks don’t bend so, yeah.

5. Do you think that once a building is designed and approved for construction that many aspects are changed during the building process? Why or why not?

Yes, because you may think it’s a good idea, but once you go and build it may fall. Thats why people always change major or minor details about construction.

6. How long do you think it will take before a building is constructed that surpasses the height of the Burj Khalifa? Where do you think it will be built? Why?

Probably a couple of years, maybe 20-30 years. They would probably build it somewhere on flat ground. Because they would have to dig in if it was built on a hill. What I’m trying to say is that they would have to dig into the mountain to make it flat ground for the tower. Also that it takes even more time when digging into a hill because you have to get a drill, which takes awhile and money.

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