March 6, 2021, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cockrell School of Engineering
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Design a Gumdrop Dome or Marshmallow Tower

Age group: All Ages

Civil Engineers are behind the construction of every single building in the world. This is a very big job! In fact, did you know that a person will spend 93% of their life indoors? This makes civil engineering one of the most important professions, affecting every human in the world. Civil engineers are essential, influencing the function, comfort, and existence of communities, people, and animals living in or using a building. Buildings are so important, and as a civil engineer, you can help to create the perfect building for any place, purpose, or people. Design and create a dome or tower (or any shape) using only toothpicks and gumdrops or marshmallows! How tall can you make your tower? How strong of a structure can you make? If you shake the table like an earthquake, does it stay standing? If you put a book on top of it, will it withstand the weight? If you press on it from the side, does it hold up or does it topple over?


Chi Epsilon is the national civil engineering honor society in the United States. It honors engineering students who have exemplified the "principles of scholarship, character, practicality, and the civil engineering profession." Members can join after meeting many requirements, including being in the top 6-8% of their class.

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