STEM Challenge 12 Straws Towers

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If you have limited supplies for a STEM Challenge can you still build a tower? Yes, you can! This is a STEM project using only 2 materials. This resource includes three versions of the tower building activity.

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

What is the challenge?

  • Students will follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process in this challenge.
  • They will also have to creatively use a limited supply of two things since they only get a dozen of each!
  • The towers will be precarious structures and they will also have to work with balancing and counterbalancing to make the towers stand.
  • In addition, the challenge includes 3 versions! The two extra versions include materials and directions, constraints for the variation, lab sheets, and photos.
  • Each variation adds a new twist to the simple challenge!
  • Check the preview for details!

The package specifically contains

  • Cover
  • Teacher Overview
  • Materials and Preparation page
  • 3 pages of Teacher Step-by-Step Directions
  • 1 page of Helpful Hints
  • 3 pages of photos
  • 2 versions of task constraints
  • 1-page lab sheet with answer key
  • 2-page lab sheet
  • Scoring rubric
  • Version 2 includes a materials and prep page, constraints page, lab sheet set, and 2 pages of photos.
  • Version 3 includes a materials and prep page, a lab sheet, constraints cards, a tower photo page, and a page of student photos.
  • Also, all forms are provided in an editable format!

What is your prep?

Supplies needed in addition to this package include straws, tape, and scissors. Versions 2 and 3 have a few more materials- but these are all things you have in your classroom already.

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