COSI's Technology & Innovation team is experimenting with various "design-based learning" activities in Gadgets Cafe. What's design-based learning? These activities provide learners with the creative license to construct whatever they'd like...with some mild guidance. In this case, the activity was Structures.

During this activity, COSI guests are given a stack of 3' dowel rods and a handful of rubber bands and are asked to create a structure that they can fit within. But how big should the structure be? Does the person inside have to sit or stand? What shapes should be used in designing the structure? What's the best way to assemble the pieces? All of these answers are determined by those involved in the activity. Besides the prompt, there are no rules or limits.

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