Sponsored by Tulsa Alliance for Engineering
Love architecture or building things? Interested in engineering?
Cookie Construction 2014 teams girls with women architects and engineers
in a design contest to turn empty Girl Scout Cookie boxes into
free-standing structures. The structures will be based on a Winter
Olympics theme in honor of the 2014 Winter Games. This activity is great
for girls interested in a career in architecture or engineering to
develop critical thinking skills and promote cooperation and
team-building. Teams will be judged on originality, creativity,
technical difficulty, teamwork, and an advance meeting with their
$5 per team.
EXTENDED: November 22, 2013. Mail form and entry fee to Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma.
Rules and Building Guidelines
1. Cookie construction should not exceed dimensions of 8 feet wide x 6 feet long. Height is unrestricted.
Theme of the cookie construction is "Winter Olympics,” and the item
constructed must fit with that theme. Participants should submit a
summary of why their construction fits the theme to help the judge
connect the thinking behind their construction at the Olympic theme (on
registration form). The judges have final say regarding whether or not
the construction is related to the Olympics.
a. Examples: Olympic rings, bobsled, famous building in Sochi, Olympic mascot, etc.
At least 90% of the construction should be comprised of cookie boxes.
Up to 10% of additional materials may be used if the primary purpose is
to better support the structure. Reasonable effort should be made to
conceal these materials within the structure. The judges have final say
regarding what’s "reasonable”.
a. Example: Dowel rods punched
through and hidden inside cookie boxes to keep them from tipping over =
reasonable. Giant googly eyes on the surface of the structure = not
reasonable (even if they’re glued across multiple boxes and are holding
4. A team should consist of no fewer than 2 and no
more than 6 registered Girl Scouts, 4th grade and up. Up to 2 adults can
help the team with their construction in an advisory role; however the
girls should be the primary builders. Adults may not touch the actual
5. If a team consists of Girl Scouts from multiple
levels (i.e. an Ambassador and a Junior), the team will be entered into
the older team member’s age bracket.
6. Each team should submit their
construction concept on a single sheet of 8.5 x 11” paper no later than
October 31, 2013. Due to limited building space, 13 of the concepts
will be selected to proceed with construction. Participants will be
notified of their selection via email no later than November 15, 2013.
Each selected team will be matched with an engineer or architect
"mentor.” The teams are encouraged to meet with this mentor and get
feedback on their ideas prior to the actual construction.
8. Entries will be scored out of 100 points according to the following:
a. Originality of idea = 25 points
b. Creative use of color and cookie boxes = 15 points
c. Technical difficulty of construction = 20 points
d. Visual appeal and adherence to guidelines = 20 points
e. Teamwork exhibiting characteristics of the Girl Scout Law = 15 points
f. Advance meeting with engineer or architect mentor = 5 points
9. The Tulsa Alliance for Engineering reserves the right to amend or clarify these rules at any time.
10. Any questions regarding rules should be directed to Xan Black (Xan.Black@tulsacc.edu).
Xan Black, Tulsa Alliance for Engineering, (Xan.Black@tulsacc.edu).
Dana Whittaker, DWhittaker@gseok.org, 918-745-5240 or 800-707-9914 ext. 240.