STEM Activity Challenge Build a Tower with Toothpicks

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STEM Engineering Challenge: Build a tower with two materials! How high can you build it?

STEM is an exciting event to tackle! Whether you are a STEM teacher or a regular classroom teacher a STEM challenge is a way to reach so many children that love hands-on work.

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

This STEM activity will have your students designing and constructing a tower made with only two supplies. Students will jump into the task with a little planning and then quickly discover the need to constantly revise. Their failures will teach them what to do next! This activity will be fun and full of learning!

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 of lab sheets are provided (one with sample answers from students) and 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.

You will need some simple supplies along with this package: toothpicks and modeling clay (Play-doh).

This package specifically includes:
Cover sheet, Background page, Materials and Preparation page, 2 pages of Step-by-Step Teacher Directions, Extensions page, Helpful Hints page, Photos page, Constraints of the Task page, 2 versions of a lab sheet, one answer sheet, and Credits page.

Note: UPDATED for 2017 This package now contains directions, hints, lab sheets, and more all about building a marshmallow and toothpick tower. Also, included are scoring rubrics!

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 Index Cards
STEM Challenge: Build a Tower with Spaghetti

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

Toothpick Towers is also found in:
STEM Challenges Best Seller Bundle #2

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

You might also like these STEM Products:
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STEM Challenge- Exploring Volume with Popcorn
STEM Challenge: Bridges with Marshmallows
STEM Challenge: Egg Parachutes

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