STEM Activity Challenge: Build a Tower with Index Cards

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STEM Engineering Challenge: How tall can you build a tower using only one supply?

STEM Challenges are great ways to spend an afternoon! Put out the supplies, briefly go over the challenge, and then watch your kids work and talk and think! It’s amazing!

The STEM designs and activities require some preparation, but I have provided you with a materials page and prep page to help! Along with that information you will find step-by-step teacher directions, helpful hints, and ways to extend this challenge for another day.

****Please note: This lesson is available in a combination package!

This STEM activity will have your students designing and constructing a tower made with two supplies. They will have to work together and revise constantly. Their initial thinking will be challenged as they see their efforts collapse (literally) and then they will go back to the drawing board.

The lesson guide provides a materials list and then step-by-step procedures to follow to make this a great experience. A page of Helpful Hints gives ideas of specific things to think about while using this package. Two versions pf lab sheets are provided (one with sample student answers). A page of photos will guide the use of the package. A page of Extensions gives ideas of continuing the activity as a whole class or in your science/math centers.

Materials needed in addition to this package include: index cards, masking tape, and scissors.

The package specifically contains: Cover, Teacher Background page, Materials and Preparation page, 2 pages of Step-by-Step Procedures, Extensions page, 2 pages of Helpful Hints, 2 versions of Lab sheets with sample student answers, 2 pages of Photos, and Credits pages. Pages have also been added to use this challenge at Christmas Time with a Santa Tower! The Page count listed includes everything.

PLEASE NOTE: This challenge pack has been updated and now contains a bonus lesson! Check the preview to see the Santa Tower Challenge. It is an index card tower challenge with something added to the top. This is perfect for using at Christmas time! Directions, helpful hints, constraints, lab sheet, and photos of the Santa Tower are all now included with this package.

This activity can be completed as a stand-alone challenge. OR it can be used with two additional packages (STEM Challenges about Towers) also available in my store:
STEM Challenge: Build a Tower with Toothpicks
STEM Challenge: Build a Tower with Spaghetti

NOTE:All three challenges can be found in a money-saving bundle: :
STEM Challenge- A Bundle of STEM Activities about Building Towers

Towers with Index Cards is also available in:
STEM Challenges Best Seller Bundle #1

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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