Placing Pipes

Explore algorithmic thinking by finding the most efficient way to place sections of pipe.

How it works

Place the sections of pipe in the channels so that there is as little wasted space as possible.

Things to Try or ask around the exhibit

  • Is there more than one way to place the pipes in the channels?
  • What is the most efficient way to place the pipes?
  • Can you find the least efficient way to place the pipes?

Background

Algorithmic Thinking is a highly ordered form of thinking that we use in order to find solutions by following logical steps.

Finding the science in your world

Finding the most efficient way to cut and place materials with the fewest possible cuts helps to reduce the amount of waste left over.