Making with Cups

Here are some Cup engineering challenges for you to try.


Using Cups Challenges

Making with cups

Somehow cups seem to accumulate. They seem to multiply in the cupboards, in the recycle bin, on the table. If your house has recently purged them and there are not that many to build with, check out the dollar store. Get a Large package of cups, all the same size. Here are some engineering challenges for you to try. Take a picture of your project and send it to us through the Contact tab and we will post it.

  • What is the tallest tower you can create with the cups you have?

  • Build a labyrinth or a maze!

  • Build a pyramid similar in design to one of the ancient pyramids in Egypt.

  • How can you create the longest continuous strip from a single cup?

  • Cups have often been used to make sound effects. How many different sound effects can you make with the cups?

  • Create a creature using cups for moving body parts.

  • What kind of mask could you create from one cup, from two cups, from three cups, and from more cups?

  • Using only cups, build a bridge. What is the longest span you can create without needing tape to hold it together?

  • Create the longest bridge using cups and paper with 12″ of tape.

  • Imagine if the world was made up of only cups, now create a story about what would that world be like.

  • What else could you do with the cups without destroying them? Build one or more of your ideas.

  • Create a work of art using only cups. Make a presentation about what inspired the artwork that you will present to panel of art museum curators.

  • If you have lots of cups, design and build a structure that will hold you.

  • Make a device that uses a cup as a cam for gear.

  • Use cups and paint sticks to make each layer different. No cups can touch another cup, one layer can not have the same design as the one below it.

  • Create a vehicle that uses one or more cups to move across the floor.

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