STEM Challenge Tennis Ball Tower

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I used this to help students who missed a lot of school during 4th grade. I took the 4th grade standards and worked with students who were virtual and needed extra instruction. They all enjoyed it.
The students were extremely engaged throughout this activity. From a teacher's perspective it was easy to obtain the required materials. The peer and self-reflection aspects were also invaluable.
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Are you looking for a STEM Challenge with a unique "twist"? This one has an intriguing tower to build and there are two building options in the resource! It features a tennis ball and some wacky rules about height and the use of the materials!

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

What is the challenge?

  • This STEM challenge features the task of using given supplies to design and build a tower.
  • Specific criteria for the tower include supporting an object a specific height off the table and using ALL the supplies.
  • The supplies needed are very simple and easy to gather. Stand back and watch them construct!
  • Students record their thinking on lab sheets or a folding graphic organizer- both of which can be used with your Science Interactive Notebooks.
  • BONUS: This resource now has an alternative version of completing the tower!

What is your prep?

Supplies needed in addition to this package include straws, craft sticks, coffee stir sticks, tennis balls, masking tape, string, and a container for each group’s supplies. Of course, substitutions can be made for any of these!

The package specifically contains:

  • Cover sheet
  • Teacher Background
  • 1-page Materials and Prep list
  • 5 pages of Teacher directions with helpful hints
  • Set of Criteria cards for students (in 2 sizes)
  • Lab Sheet
  • Folding alternative Graphic Organizer page with a photo page of folding instructions
  • 4 pages of Tower Photos with more details
  • Scoring rubric for version 1
  • Bonus Version 2- This bonus version has its own prep page, criteria cards page, lab sheet, scoring rubric, and 2 pages of photos.
  • Terms of Use
  • All student forms are editable.

This tower challenge works perfectly with two more tower challenges:

Or you can save money with tower bundles!


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
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.


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