Critical thinking and creativity

By: Special to The Union Times
Courtesy photo Ameila and Ashtyn assemble the straws to create a scaffold as part of building a straw tower during the “Straw Tower Challenge” at Foster Park Elementary School. They are members of Mrs. Hughey’s Gifted & Talented and, along with their fellow classmates, took part in the exercise in which they were required to construct the tallest, structurally sound tower that could hold the most weight. The challenge was designed to test critical thinking skills and creativity of the students.
Courtesy photo Christopher measures the height of his tower to check the teams progress as Malachi, Tycen and Curtis looks on during the “Straw Tower Challenge” at Foster Park Elementary School. They are members of Mrs. Hughey’s Gifted & Talented and, along with their fellow classmates, took part in the exercise in which they were required to construct the tallest, structurally sound tower that could hold the most weight. The challenge was designed to test critical thinking skills and creativity of the students.
Courtesy photo Gracie and Lillian recheck their prototype to see if their model fits the constraint requirements during the “Straw Tower Challenge” at Foster Park Elementary School. They are members of Mrs. Hughey’s Gifted & Talented and, along with their fellow classmates, took part in the exercise in which they were required to construct the tallest, structurally sound tower that could hold the most weight. The challenge was designed to test critical thinking skills and creativity of the students.
Courtesy photo Destiny and Ethan inventory their material to help assess the project cost of building the tower for their team during the “Straw Tower Challenge” at Buffalo Elementary School. They are members of Mrs. Hughey’s Gifted & Talented and, along with their fellow classmates, took part in the exercise in which they were required to construct the tallest, structurally sound tower that could hold the most weight. The challenge was designed to test critical thinking skills and creativity of the students.

BUFFALO & UNION — Students at both Buffalo Elementary and Foster Park Elementary schools had the opportunity recently to test both their critical thinking skills and creativity.

Mrs. Hughey’s Buffalo Elementary School and Foster Park Elementary School Gifted & Talented classes tested their critical thinking skills as well as creativity when they took on the “Straw Tower Challenge” last week in class.

The objective for the project was to construct the tallest, structurally sound tower that could hold the most weight. The materials included using forty straws and forty inches of tape. The constraints for the tower mandated the height to be at least 16 inches and have a flat area on top that was a minimum of 4 inches. The strength of the towers was tested with weight.

Students initially researched geometric shapes to determine the strongest two dimensional one. They determined that the triangle fit the bill and most teams researched truss designs as an inspiration for their own design solutions. The students also had to consider: the forces of weight, tension and compression.

Each team also had to add up the total cost to build their tower to help simulate the business aspect of engineering.

Courtesy photo Ameila and Ashtyn assemble the straws to create a scaffold as part of building a straw tower during the “Straw Tower Challenge” at Foster Park Elementary School. They are members of Mrs. Hughey’s Gifted & Talented and, along with their fellow classmates, took part in the exercise in which they were required to construct the tallest, structurally sound tower that could hold the most weight. The challenge was designed to test critical thinking skills and creativity of the students.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_thumbnail_FPES-1.jpgCourtesy photo Ameila and Ashtyn assemble the straws to create a scaffold as part of building a straw tower during the “Straw Tower Challenge” at Foster Park Elementary School. They are members of Mrs. Hughey’s Gifted & Talented and, along with their fellow classmates, took part in the exercise in which they were required to construct the tallest, structurally sound tower that could hold the most weight. The challenge was designed to test critical thinking skills and creativity of the students.

Courtesy photo Christopher measures the height of his tower to check the teams progress as Malachi, Tycen and Curtis looks on during the “Straw Tower Challenge” at Foster Park Elementary School. They are members of Mrs. Hughey’s Gifted & Talented and, along with their fellow classmates, took part in the exercise in which they were required to construct the tallest, structurally sound tower that could hold the most weight. The challenge was designed to test critical thinking skills and creativity of the students.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_thumbnail_FPES-2.jpgCourtesy photo Christopher measures the height of his tower to check the teams progress as Malachi, Tycen and Curtis looks on during the “Straw Tower Challenge” at Foster Park Elementary School. They are members of Mrs. Hughey’s Gifted & Talented and, along with their fellow classmates, took part in the exercise in which they were required to construct the tallest, structurally sound tower that could hold the most weight. The challenge was designed to test critical thinking skills and creativity of the students.

Courtesy photo Gracie and Lillian recheck their prototype to see if their model fits the constraint requirements during the “Straw Tower Challenge” at Foster Park Elementary School. They are members of Mrs. Hughey’s Gifted & Talented and, along with their fellow classmates, took part in the exercise in which they were required to construct the tallest, structurally sound tower that could hold the most weight. The challenge was designed to test critical thinking skills and creativity of the students.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_thumbnail_FPES-3.jpgCourtesy photo Gracie and Lillian recheck their prototype to see if their model fits the constraint requirements during the “Straw Tower Challenge” at Foster Park Elementary School. They are members of Mrs. Hughey’s Gifted & Talented and, along with their fellow classmates, took part in the exercise in which they were required to construct the tallest, structurally sound tower that could hold the most weight. The challenge was designed to test critical thinking skills and creativity of the students.

Courtesy photo Destiny and Ethan inventory their material to help assess the project cost of building the tower for their team during the “Straw Tower Challenge” at Buffalo Elementary School. They are members of Mrs. Hughey’s Gifted & Talented and, along with their fellow classmates, took part in the exercise in which they were required to construct the tallest, structurally sound tower that could hold the most weight. The challenge was designed to test critical thinking skills and creativity of the students.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_thumbnail_BES-1.jpgCourtesy photo Destiny and Ethan inventory their material to help assess the project cost of building the tower for their team during the “Straw Tower Challenge” at Buffalo Elementary School. They are members of Mrs. Hughey’s Gifted & Talented and, along with their fellow classmates, took part in the exercise in which they were required to construct the tallest, structurally sound tower that could hold the most weight. The challenge was designed to test critical thinking skills and creativity of the students.
At Buffalo and Foster Park elementary schools

Special to The Union Times

This story courtesy of Union County School Curriculum Coach Rhonda Hollingsworth.

This story courtesy of Union County School Curriculum Coach Rhonda Hollingsworth.