One thing I love about homeschooling is the opportunity to go on these cool fieldtrips that are not exactly part of the unit we are working on, but definitely worth the time--like to the engineering department at UMaine. The people there are doing really neat stuff--some of which they won't even let you take pictures of because it is so cool (and top secret!). Anyway, we went with our homeschool group, and the kids were asked to make a structure out of spaghetti and marshmallows that would hold at least 10 little blocks of wood (mine held 14, the champion's held way more than that! The champion (Nick) is 7, by the way!).
Note the hanging safety goggles!
What safety goggles?
Erin built quite the elaborate design that she didn't want to test the weight on because she didn't want it broken. Go figure.
Of course, everyone had to wear a hardhat!