Easy Hands On Science STEM Investigation: Tower Teamwork

Grade Levels
4th - 6th
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11 pages
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This science task is geared toward helping the intermediate level student develop key STEM science/engineering “thinking skills” that will help build the foundation for more complicated scientific learning. As new science standards are implemented, “engineering” plays a prominent role—even at the elementary level!

This lesson can be done in one class period or stretched out over 2 if you wish to allow the students to go back and revisit their towers. If you do, use the “extension” page to record their new attempts! NOTE: Pages 7 and 8 look the same—one is U.S. Customary and the other metric!

Supplies are readily available—white copy paper, paperclips, tape, and scissors!

Get creative and have fun!

What is the task?

  • Your task is to work collaboratively to build the highest tower possible using only the materials listed above.

  • You do not need to use all the materials, but you may not use anything else.

  • Your tower must stand alone with no supports and may not lean against anything.

  • You will have to be able to move your tower to the measuring station so it must be durable and portable.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.


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