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Sturdy tower

CaptureThe idea of this challenge is to build a structure capable of supporting a textbook. The structure must be at least as high as one hand width, although changing the height restriction can make the task more or less challenging.

How would you design and construct a tower (approx. 10-15 centimetres high) with LEGO bricks to support the weight of a stack of books?

Note: The lesson plan attached to this post was designed as part of a series of introductory WeDo lessons but is relevant to all building systems (i.e. RCX, NXT, EV3, …).

Resources

towerIdeas for extension

  • Investigate truss types. eg. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truss
  • How might you connect different parts of the tower in such a way that the load on the tower is distributed as evenly as possible?
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