In this STEAM activity, students create a gold tower that will allow them (a leprechaun) to keep their pot of gold safe at the end of the rainbow. They will have to think about the structure and materials that they will use to compete against the other teams.
A demonstration of the strength of triangles will help cement this important concept to the students in your classroom, and likely make their entries more successful. Many demonstrations of this idea can be found on Youtube.
The section in the PowerPoint presentation entitled ‘Things to Consider’ (slides 10-14) can be omitted from classrooms with more design experience.