Friday, April 22, 2016

A Towering Achievement

Greg and Luke's winning tower! (with brother Nathan)

Olney's first annual Cup Tower Challenge was an overwhelming success! More than 30 kids and adults took up the challenge to build the tallest tower within 30 minutes—using only plastic cups. They worked in teams and used their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills to build soaring creations. Check out all the photos at this link.

A young boy and two girls stand beside a tower made of red plastic cups. The youngest girl wears a cup on her head as a pretend hat.
Forbes, Adaora and Goldie's pyramid structure. Nice hat!

There were rectangular, circular, and pyramid-shaped constructions that reached more than 7 feet high!  The winning tower was a creative combination of pyramid and spire, built by Greg (age 14) and Luke (age 9). For the 10-minute "speed round," Melanie and dad George's circular tower edged out other designs to take home the winning prize!

A great time was had by all. Look out for our next Cup Tower Challenge this summer!

Melandie and dad George stand proudly beside a cyndrical tower made of red plastic cups.
Melanie and dad George conquered the speed round with a cylindrical tower.

Youngsters Hina and Farah add the last few red plastic cups to their tower.
Hina and Farah work on their towering creation.

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