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The 4th graders were challenged to build a structure at least 6 inches above the tabletop that could support the weight of a pumpkin. The students could  only straws, newspaper, and a few inches of tape.  After quickly using the tape provided, plans were redesigned.  Some figured out that crisscrossing the straws was support enough for the pumpkin and needed no tape.  Another student bundled the straws with a strip of newspaper and used a small piece of tape on the paper, keeping the straws intact.  This challenge really had the 4th graders practicing resilience and the design cycle as multiple attempts to complete it were used by all.