STEM Activity Challenge Bucket Towers

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STEM Engineering Challenge: Here’s another fun STEM challenge using very easy materials and a lot of problem solving!

Note: This challenge can be purchased in a money-saving bundle!

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 will be challenged to find a way to hold up 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, 4 pages of teacher directions, 3 pages of helpful hints, 2 versions of the constraints list, 3 pages of photographs, 2 versions of the lab sheet, and the credits page. Sample student answer sheets are not included, but samples from student work are included in the teacher direction pages. 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 other Straws challenges:
STEM Challenge: Straw Hoop Flyers
STEM Challenge: Geodesic Domes

Or a money-saving bundle with three Straws Challenges can be found here:
STEM Challenges: A Bundle Using Straws

Or, even better this challenge can be found in a money-saving 6-Pack!
STEM Challenges 6-Pack Bundle featuring Easy Supplies

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You might also like these STEM Challenges:
STEM Challenge Tennis Ball Towers
STEM Challenge: Straw Hoop Flyers
STEM Challenge: Build a Zip Line
STEM Challenge: Build a Gliding Bridge
STEM Challenge: Cargo Drops
STEM Challenge – Building Ramps
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STEM Activity Challenge Bucket Towers
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