Gumdrop Domes, Marshmallow Towers & More
Hosted by: UT Austin Chi Epsilon
Visit our Booth: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
The Challenge: Design and create a dome or tower (or any shape) using only toothpicks and gumdrops or marshmallows! How tall can you make your tower? How strong of a structure can you make? If you shake the table like an earthquake, does it stay standing? If you put a book on top of it, will it withstand the weight? If you press on it from the side, does it hold up or does it topple over?
Recommended Materials: toothpicks, gumdrops or mini marshmallows
Check out these instructions for creating a Gumdrop Dome with shapes connected to the science-related movie, A Wrinkle in Time:
Share your design and creations on Flipgrid.
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Designing for Communities, People and Animals? Civil Engineers are behind the construction of every single building in the world. This is a very big job! In fact, did you know that a person will spend 93% of their life indoors? This makes civil engineering one of the most important professions, affecting every human in the world. Civil engineers are essential, influencing the function, comfort, and existence of communities, people, and animals living in or using a building.
Buildings are so important, and as a civil engineer, you can help to create the perfect building for any place, purpose, or people.
Chi Epsilon - Civil Engineering Honor Society
Chi Epsilon (XE) is the national civil engineering honor society in the United States. It honors engineering students who have exemplified the "principles of scholarship, character, practicality, and sociability...in the civil engineering profession."
Dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering as an ideal profession, Chi Epsilon was organized to recognize the characteristics of the individual civil engineer deemed to be fundamental to the successful pursuit of an engineering career and to aid in the development of those characteristics in the civil engineering student. Engineering, the application of scientific principles to the practical needs of society, is assuming a constantly increasing responsibility for the well-being of all people and thus calling for competence of the highest order. This responsibility can be discharged only by a professional group whose members are possessed of a good basic technical ability, intelligence, moral integrity, and effective social poise in their relationship with the larger community of which they are part. To contribute to the improvement of the profession, Chi Epsilon fosters the development and exercise of sound traits of character and technical ability among civil engineers, and its members, by precept and example, toward an ever-higher standard of professional service.
Members are inducted only after meeting many requirements, including being ranked in the top 6-8% of their class.