STEM Activity Challenge: Build a Tower With Spaghetti

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STEM Engineering Challenge: It’s the Great Tower Event! This one involves the simplest of materials and is deceptively challenging. How proud your students will be when they solve this tower dilemma!

STEM designs and activities present so many wonderful opportunities! This activity will have your students designing and constructing a tower made with very simple supplies. Their initial thinking about the activity will be challenged as they learn about what will and will not work. Using the materials wisely is a major part of this design activity.

**Please note: This challenge is available as part of a money-saving bundle!

In this package students use spaghetti and a few simple supplies to construct the tallest tower possible. Three pages of step-by-step instructions are included with many hints along the way. One page gives you a materials list and advance preparation steps. Included is a page of possible ways to extend this activity beyond its basic one day use. A page of helpful hints will give you some useful ideas! A page of actual photos of student work is included!

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes spaghetti, marshmallows, tape, and string. Students also need scissors.

The package specifically contains: Cover, Teacher Background page, Materials and Preparation page, 4 pages of Step-by-Step Procedures, Extensions page, 2 pages of Helpful Hints, 2 versions of a Lab sheet, 4 pages of Photos, a page listing task constraints, one page of extra information about towers, and a Credits page. And now, pages have been added for using this challenge at Christmas time!The page count listed with this product includes everything.

This a fun design challenge and is, by far, the activity my lab students most request to do again!

PLEASE NOTE: This challenge pack has been updated and now contains a bonus lesson! Check the preview to see the Bell Tower Challenge. It is very similar to the Spaghetti Challenge, but is a challenge you can use especially at Christmas time. Directions, helpful hints, constraints, lab sheet, and photos of the Bell Tower are all now included with this package.

This challenge is a perfect companion to these:
STEM Challenge: Build a Tower with Toothpicks
STEM Challenge: Build a Tower with Index Cards

All THREE Tower Challenges can be purchased in a money-saving bundle:
STEM Challenge- A Bundle of STEM Activities about Building Towers

Spaghetti Towers is also found in:
STEM Challenges Best Seller Bundle #3

Or even better - This challenge can be found in a money-saving 6-Pack!
STEM Challenges 6-Pack Bundle featuring Towers

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STEM Activity Challenge: Build a Tower With Spaghetti
STEM Activity Challenge: Build a Tower With Spaghetti
STEM Activity Challenge: Build a Tower With Spaghetti
STEM Activity Challenge: Build a Tower With Spaghetti