There are a lot of engineering activities for kids out there, but not all of them are easy. If you have spaghetti in your house (or any dried, long noodle), then you already have everything you need to create the spaghetti engineering project!
Today’s project is extremely simple, yet teaches some important information about engineering, construction, and critical thinking skills. That’s why it is one of our favorite no-prep STEM challenges!
This project just goes to show that you don’t have to have fancy tools or a lot of elaborate planning or set up to help kids unlock the STEM side of their brains!
How to Do the Spaghetti Engineering Project
Follow along with these directions to learn how to set up your own spaghetti engineering activity for kids in elementary school.
There are a lot of structural engineering concepts that you can teach children just with plain dry spaghetti noodles.
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How to Set Up the Spaghetti Engineering Project
All you need for this project is some dry spaghetti, some cans or books, and something heavy to put in the center of the bridge.
Before starting the project, ask the students if they think spaghetti is strong, and how many pieces of spaghetti it will take before it can hold up the weight of a can. Have the students record their answers in their STEM notebooks.
Would you try this extremely easy spaghetti engineering project with your students?