Rather than giving up, we wanted to learn from our experiences. After testing different models, and observing other groups' models, we asked ourselves questions that directed us towards solutions. What do the stronger, taller towers have in common? Do certain shapes make more stable structures? How does our groups' communication and teamwork affect the stability of our tower?
Scientists are now "working on a new generation of respirator masks, not just for rescue and cleanup workers but to prepare for outbreaks of disease and for still another emerging threat: the accidental releases of nanoparticles, the microscopic, engineered fibers that are starting to be used in electronics, food, medicine and more". Learn more about their progress here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/science/improving-respirator-masks-to-put-fresh-air-in-reach.html?pagewanted=all
Although we have yet to test all of our new ideas on how to build the tallest and strongest possible spaghetti and marshmallow towers, we have recognized the value in experimenting with new ideas, identifying patterns, and maintaining clear communication within, and across, groups. We look forward to testing these skills to solve problems throughout the school year.