STEM Challenge Spaghetti Tower

STEM Challenge Spaghetti Tower
STEM Challenge Spaghetti Tower
STEM Challenge Spaghetti Tower
STEM Challenge Spaghetti Tower
STEM Challenge Spaghetti Tower
STEM Challenge Spaghetti Tower
STEM Challenge Spaghetti Tower
STEM Challenge Spaghetti Tower
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Standards
NGSS3-5-ETS1-2
NGSS3-5-ETS1-1
NGSS3-5-ETS1-3
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Who knew a STEM Challenge using spaghetti could be so engaging? Kids love this one! It's a tower building event using the unlikeliest of materials- spaghetti and one marshmallow. Just how tall and skinny can you make this tower and still support the weight of that one object?

Please note: This challenge is available as part of several money-saving bundles!

What is the challenge?

Students will use raw spaghetti strands to build a structure that will hold weight at the top. There are variations of this project included in the resource.

What is your prep?

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes spaghetti, marshmallows, tape, and string. Students also need scissors. You will prepare bins with the materials and copy the student lab sheets.

What is included:

  • This package is jam-packed full of teacher directions, lab sheets, hints, and photos. The original challenge includes two versions of lab sheets.
  • This challenge pack now contains 2 bonus lessons! 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 sheets, and photos of the Bell Tower are all now included.
  • There is also a Blueprint Version of the challenge which includes special directions, hints, photos, constraints, and lab sheets. A separate file contains Scoring Rubrics that can be used for the many versions.
  • But, there is even more! Another file contains editable pages for the forms- which includes the constraints and lab sheets.
  • And, what if you are like me and forget to buy the marshmallows? I added a page of photos and tips for using an alternative to the marshmallow that was really challenging and added a new problem to solve!

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

Be sure to check the PREVIEW and see all the items included in this amazing challenge!

This challenge is a perfect companion to these:

All THREE Tower Challenges can be purchased in money-saving bundles:

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
NGSS3-5-ETS1-2
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-1
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-3
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
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