It's a classic, but who doesn't love a good old engineering challenge? This one is geared towards a younger audience (ages pre-K to late elementary) but of course, anyone can join!
What's Going On?
You may have noticed that some shapes work better than others when trying to create a sturdy gumdrop structure. Triangles are great for this, and you can observe plenty of bridges and other such structures with triangles incorporated into their design! Triangles only have three angles, meaning they only have three points where the toothpicks intersect. This means that each angle will be smaller than say, those of a square. These smaller angles ensure that when a force is applied, the triangle won't lose its shape.