Teaching STEM through Fairy Tales- Jack and the Beanstalk

In the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack steals gold coins, a hen that lays golden eggs and finally a harp.  As Jack is fleeing with the harp, he climbs down the beanstalk with the giant just behind him.  As the giant begins to climb down the beanstalk after Jack, the beanstalk begins to sway and tremble under his weight.  So, this week’s challenge is to design the tallest beanstalk that will support the most amount of weight.

For this challenge, students are tasked with two requirements- building the tallest beanstalk and constructing one that will hold the most weight. Because the winner of the challenge is determined by applying a formula, students can experiment with different designs to see which one will yield the best results.

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