STEM 12 Cards Towers Challenge

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Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
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This was a wonderful resource for our STEM lessons this spring. I will definitely use this resource again next year!
Easy to integrate and loved the two different versions that could be used with students to extend the experience.
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This STEM Challenge has very limited materials– only a dozen of each! This one uses just cards and tape! You will absolutely love the easy prep and your kids will love the challenge of completing this tower. It's all about total teamwork!

This challenge is available in money-saving bundles.

Students will follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process in this challenge and it is amazing to watch them create a tower and use the supplies in the best way possible. They will improve the design constantly and will creatively get their towers to stand up and be measured. How tall can you build this tower? How can you use the small amount of tape effectively? Which style of tower will work best- tall and straight or one with support legs?

In addition, the challenge includes 2 versions! The extra version includes materials and directions, constraints for the variation, lab sheet, and photos. Each variation adds a new twist to the simple challenge! Check the preview for more!

The package specifically contains:

  • Cover
  • Teacher Overview
  • Materials and Preparation page
  • 3 pages of Teacher Step-by-Step Directions
  • 1 page of Helpful Hints
  • 3 pages of photos
  • 2 versions of task constraints
  • 1-page lab sheet with answer key
  • 2-page lab sheet
  • Scoring rubric
  • Version 2 Teacher's prep page
  • Version 2 photos for students
  • Constraint cards
  • Version 2 lab sheet
  • Version 2 photos of completed work
  • Also, all forms are provided in an editable format!

Supplies needed in addition to this package include: 5 x 8 index cards, tape, and scissors. (3 x 5 cards also work fine!)

This 12 Card Tower challenge is similar to this challenge:

The tower sets would work perfectly together as they do have different constraints!

This 12 Card Tower also works great with two more challenges that use a dozen materials:

Or save money with a bundle:

This Challenge is available in a STEM for One format for modified classrooms:


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