This week we have a real challenge on our hands! Rapunzel is stuck inside her tower and needs your help to get out! Unfortunately, we only have so many materials at our disposal. Our project this week is to get Rapunzel down from her tower using only the secret materials in the bags provided in our children's gallery. You can work solo or as part of a team of 2 (wearing your masks, of course!). You will only have 30 minutes to complete this task and will be timed by our STEM facilitator.
This weekends project is primarily gaged for guests from the ages of about 5 and up. As always we will have our STEM cart available and interactive exhibits for our younger guests as well!
STEM weekend will be held in the Children's Gallery from 10am to 3pm and is included with museum admission. We hope to see you there!
Read below if you would like to recreate this project at home!
AT HOME RAPUNZELS RESCUE:
This project can be manufactured in all sorts of different ways but essentially what needs to be done is a tower needs to be created. In our museum created the tower to be about 3 feet from the table the students could work on. You don't actually have to create a tower, you could instead just mark a starting and an end point that are about three feet from each other.
The student should be supplied with a couple craft and household supplies to make an apparatus to get Rapunzel. The following are the materials that are being provided during our STEM weekend...
- A toilet paper roll
- A paper towel roll
- 3 pipe cleaners
- 2 Dixie Cups
- Children's scissors
- A Glue stick
- 6 inches of tape
- 3 popsicle sticks
- a foot of yarn
Depending on the age of your child you can either add or take away materials to make the problem more difficult. We also added extra problems like mountains (made out of cardboard) or a pretend rainstorm where the students now have to worry about keeping their creation waterproof. You can also alter the amount of time the student is allotted to make their creation. This project is a fun way to get creative and test out your engineering skills!