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STEM Activity Challenge Bucket Towers

STEM Activity Challenge Bucket Towers
STEM Activity Challenge Bucket Towers
STEM Activity Challenge Bucket Towers
STEM Activity Challenge Bucket Towers
STEM Activity Challenge Bucket Towers
STEM Activity Challenge Bucket Towers
STEM Activity Challenge Bucket Towers
STEM Activity Challenge Bucket Towers
Product Description
Here’s another fun STEM challenge using very easy materials and a lot of problem-solving! This challenge is to build a tower (although not a very tall one) that will hold weight. There are some other rules for this and some ways you can vary the task. Students have the goal of suspending a “bucket” within the tower and that bucket must hold weight. The main supply for the tower is straws.

Note: This challenge is available in money-saving bundles!

Students will be challenged to find a way to use the straws to hold the bucket as it gets heavier and heavier when weights are added. They will make on-the-spot adjustments as they see weak points of the tower buckle or collapse. It’s engineering at its best!

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes: straws, string, masking tape, hole punchers, small cups, and scissors.

The package specifically includes: cover, teacher background, materials and preparation page, 6 pages of teacher directions, 2 versions of the constraints list, 3 pages of photographs, 2 versions of the lab sheet, and the Terms of Use page. Sample student answer sheets are not included, but samples from student work are included in the teacher direction pages. In addition, the challenge includes a scoring rubric and an editable file. The pages that can be edited are the constraints posters, the lab sheets, and the rubric. The page count listed for this package includes everything.

This proved to be a challenging task, but the kids loved it! They very cleverly found ways to make the materials work!

This challenge works perfectly with two others that use straws as a main material:
STEM Challenge: Straw Hoop Flyers
STEM Challenge: Geodesic Domes

Or purchase all three challenges in money-saving bundles:
STEM Challenges Straws 1 Bundle
STEM Challenges 6-Pack Bundle featuring Easy Supplies

You might also like this bundle that uses straws!
STEM Activities Challenge Bundle Straws 2

You might also like these STEM Challenges:

STEM Challenge: Build a Zip Line
STEM Challenge: Build a Gliding Bridge
STEM Challenge: Cargo Drops
STEM Challenge – Building Ramps
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Total Pages
25 pages
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