Squares and Cubes

Stack blocks to make large structures and explore different aspects of that object's size.

How it Works

Investigate how the volume of a structure changes with its other dimensions by stacking cubes.

Things to Try or Ask Around the Exhibit

  • Does volume or side length change more quickly as you place more blocks?
  • Can you determine what the relationship between volume, area and width is by building larger and larger cubes?

Background

Different aspects of an object's size grow at different rates depending on their dimensionality.

Finding the Science in Your World

Engineers need to know this relationship when designing large structures, as volume and surface area determine different structural properties of materials.