STEM Challenge Sticks and Cups Tower FREEBIE

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Teachers Are Terrific
Grade Levels
2nd - 5th
Formats Included
  • PPTX
10 pages
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This is a tower-building event using two very simple materials! Kids will love this and so will you! If you are looking for an easy STEM challenge to get started with STEM this is perfect! (And, of course, it's free!)

Ideas for use:

This tower challenge is one we completed purely for fun. It’s a fantastic challenge to use as a reward for your class, a sub day, a fun Friday afternoon, STEM night at your school, Grandparent’s Day, a holiday celebration using cups decorated for the holiday, and so much more.

What is the challenge?

  • In this challenge, students will have only two materials and the task of building the tallest tower possible.
  • What makes this a little bit challenging are the constraints of the task. This involves what can and cannot touch on the tower.
  • With very little instruction kids will get right to work trying to determine a way to follow the task rules and create the tallest structure.
  • In addition, this was tested with three grade levels and 3 sets of constraints. Constraints cards for all three versions are included so that you can choose which will work best for you! Or, try all three methods!

What do you need?

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes craft sticks and cups! That’s all!

This resource includes:

  • list of materials
  • preparation ideas
  • step-by-step procedures (3 pages of teacher directions)
  • editable student forms and task cards (this file is in PowerPoint format)
  • 2 pages of photos

How long will this challenge take?

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

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Total Pages
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