Give credit where credit is due:
When I first started thinking about this challenge my first idea was to construct a tensegrity tower using chopsticks. I did a quick google search and wouldn't you know....there was a instructable which did it better than anything I could do..
As an architect I've always been fascinated with tensegrity. Tensegrity is a way of constructing using rods & wires. Structurally it's brilliant. the components are in pure tension and pure compression.
so for my entry what I thought I'd do is to create a construction set to teach my kids about tensegrity. by creating a kit of parts, kids can create an infinite variety of structures. the set can also be expanded with additional pieces and pieces of a variety of lengths. just because of the time constraints I'm gonna stick with a single length rod and build a simple structure.
CHEATER CHEATER PUMPKIN EATER......
I only had a couple hours to throw this together, and unfortunately I couldn't find chopsticks so I'm using 3/16" dowels. I think these have the same properties as chopsticks so I hope you'll forgive my substitution. I promise that when time allows I'll update the ibby with chopsticks.
Chopsticks - the more the merrier. a minumum of a dozen.
spray paint (if desired)
drill (if you need to drill out beads)
If you wanna see some models that are truelly amazing and much better than this check out:
Step 1: Cut chopsticks down to 6" lengths
After I had all my sticks cut down the next thing I did was to throw on some quick color. I was really pressed for time so I just laid the sticks on paint table and hit with paint. after waiting 15 minutes I rolled the sicks over and hit the other side.