STEM Challenge Toothpick Tower

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3rd - 5th
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Towers are the best! Kids love to build and stack items to create the tallest possible tower. With this tower challenge, they also have to be diligent in maintaining a solid base and must constantly rethink the task. This is one of our favorites!

Please note: This lesson is available in money-saving bundles!

What is the challenge?

Students use the materials to build a bridge to span a specific gap. You determine the length of that gap. The resource also includes an alternate method of using a blueprint as part of the requirements.

What is your prep?

You will need some simple supplies along with this package: toothpicks and modeling clay (Play-doh). You will need to prepare bins of materials for students and copy the lab sheets.

The lesson guide provides:

  • A materials list and then step-by-step procedures to follow to make this a great experience
  • A page of Helpful Hints gives ideas of specific things to think about while using this package
  • Two versions of lab sheets are provided (one with sample answers from students)
  • 4 pages of photos will guide the use of the package
  • A page of Extensions gives ideas of continuing the activity as a whole class or in your science/math centers.
  • And this is just the beginning! A second option provided a Blueprint Version of this challenge using slightly different materials. Teacher directions and hints, a lab sheet, and photos are included.
  • AND, scoring rubrics for both versions are included. These are not editable, however, all the other forms in this package are provided in an editable format!

What are teachers saying?

  • "Your products are amazing! I truly appreciate your attention to detail. It will make incorporating this activity in my classroom such a smooth process.
  • "I"ve been wanting to do this project for awhile, but have been looking for a way to make it the most effective. This made little prep for me and had so much student engagement!"
  • "My kids had a blast! Some of their structures were unstable and they discussed a plan to stabilize them. The productive conversation led to great structures."

This challenge works perfectly with these:

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