First Day of School STEM Tower Activity

Laney Lee
Grade Levels
6th - 10th
Formats Included
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7 pages
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Looking for a fun icebreaker with minimal prep? Get your students laughing and thinking on the first day of school with this classic tower building challenge.

This resource is great as an introduction to any engineering or scientific method curriculum, or simply as a fun team building activity.

This resource includes 3 versions using 3 different materials to suit your needs:

  • spaghetti and marshmallow towers
  • aluminum foil towers
  • index card towers

Check out the TED Talk that corresponds to this challenge:

Who is this Resource For?

This resource can be used by classroom teachers of any grade or subject with in person students. It is best suited for curriculum covering engineering and scientific method.

What's Included?

Purchase includes a printable PDF file in color with answer key. Included with your download: teacher instructions & 3 versions of a student worksheet.

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Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.


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