Could it possibly also have a design element?
Those photos above all show my fourth graders doing the beginning tasks. In the very top photo, they are using 3-ounce white plastic cups.
These cups make spectacular stacks, but there’s one BIG PROBLEM!
Is there more to this than just stacking?
Another task has the kids predicting how many cups it will take to reach a specific height:
So, when does the designing start?
The stacks cannot have straight rows of cups and they also have a specific number of cups on the bottom. They work so hard to make their final arrangements different than all the others. But, think about it- tall towers in large cities all have different shapes!