STEM Challenge Build a Twirling Tower

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What a unique tower this turned out to be! This STEM Tower challenge will become a favorite of your students. Not only do they design the tower, but it must also have a specific performing part and they must invent the reason for that part of the tower. You will love the results of this clever inventiveness! This challenge is perfect at the beginning of the school year or any time of year!

This challenge is available in money-saving bundles!

What is the challenge?

In this challenge, students will use a specific amount of pencils and a few other materials to build a tower. Here’s the hitch: Something on the tower has to twirl and have a specific purpose for the twirling. The groups will have to decide how and what will be twirling and a creative reason for it! You will be amazed at the creativity students display with the twirling apparatus! Use those shiny new pencils at the beginning of the school year or alternative materials at any time of year.

The package specifically includes

  • cover
  • teacher background
  • materials and preparation page
  • 4 pages of teacher directions
  • 4 pages of photographs
  • one extra Hints page
  • constraints poster
  • lab sheet with sample answers
  • scoring rubric
  • editable forms file
  • Terms of Use page

Check the preview to see which forms are editable! The page count listed for this package includes everything.

What is your prep?

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes new pencils or you may opt to use dowel sticks or straws, card stock, string, craft sticks, pipe cleaners, straws, cotton swabs, rubber bands, masking tape, art Supplies (like construction paper, crayons, markers), hole punchers, and copy paper. This list can be modified to suit your needs.

Prepping for the challenge includes gathering materials, copying the lab sheets, and determining a scenario you will use for that challenge. The teacher's guide includes suggestions.

This challenge will need 1 class session (1 hour) to complete.

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