Students and mentors met at Mortenson’s site office. Mortenson’s gave a presentation on the construction project, giving detail history of the master plan, client, phase of the project and building use. The students were then divided into two groups; The first group toured the site and learnt about the opportunities and challenges of the project. The second group stayed at the site office and worked on the ‘Tower Challenge”.
The second group were divided into groups of 4 students and each group had to design a Tower constructed of toothpicks and marshmallows. The tower had to be at least 20″ in height. The students then had to purchase materials (toothpick and marshmallows) and build their towers within budget. The exercise involved students, designing, engineering, constructing, and calculating costs.