Leaning Tower of Pasta

Canada is home to the tallest free-standing tower in the world: the CN Tower. You probably won't be able to match its 533 metres, but let's see how sky-high you can get this structure.

What you need:

  • spaghetti (uncooked)

  • marshmallows (small)

  • measuring tape

  • all kinds of balls

What to do:

There are no step-by-step instructions for this project!
You can do whatever you want with the material. The object is to build a tower as high and as strong as you can using only spaghetti and marshmallows.

How much weight will each tower support? Will is hold a ping-pong ball? A golf ball? A tennis ball? A basketball? A cannon ball? Give yourself points as follows:

If the structure can hold a:

cannon ball
tennis ball
golf ball
ping-pong ball
  The student or group receives...

50 points
20 points
10 points
7  points
5  points

  • Give yourself 1 point for every centimetre of tower height.

  • Give yourself 5 extra points if you finished your tower before you ate all the marshmallows.

  • Give yourself 5 extra points if you build a funky tower (you be the judge!).

  • Give yourself 5 extra points if your tower makes your teacher do a "double-take".

  • If your tower is able to hold more than one object, you get points for both.