Pylon Challenge!

This term our topic is Electricity. One of our first activities is a technology challenge to create model pylons using Stixx (made from rolled up newspaper). The models must be 1.5metres high and be able to carry the cables at least 1 metre above the ground. The weight of the cables will test the strength of the structure and we will use a fan to simulate wind.

The four groups began by looking at pylon design and used K'nex to plan the basic design of their structure. Next they made the raw materials - Stixx. These are rolled up pages of newspapers glued together and compressed in rollers. They are really strong and can be joined with cable ties. Then it was time to begin building. Each group had to make decisions about how to create the crucial triangle shapes to give the structure strength as well as cooperating to make the joins work. Careful decision making was needed to make the most of the limited resources!

Next week we should have the second part of the process completed and we will share the results with you here!


  1. This looks like a whole lot of fun. You all seem to be working well as a team and I can't wait to see the finished pylons. Well done P5. Loved the film also. Caroline(Laura's mum)

  2. That does look like fun. What a lot of hard work. The film is super. This is a great way to see you putting everything you learn into practice. Like the face Erin! (Erin's Mum). Keep up the good work.

  3. That does look like a lot of fun. This is a great way to see how you are putting everything you learn into practice. I love the pylons - looks complicated. Like the face Erin! Keep up the good work. Shona (Erin's Mum)

  4. I enjoyed making the pylons.


  5. Lots of concentration going on by the looks of it and you can see the good results!
    Natasha Findlay

  6. What a great challenge with lots of fun learning.

    Lynn (Jack's Mum)