STEM Engineering Challenge Water Towers

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STEM Challenge: Ready for another tower challenge? We added a couple of twists to this one! An object must be held aloft and students use a budget!

This challenge is available in a money-saving bundle!

This challenge is to build a tower that will hold a cup of water aloft. The tower must be a specific height and the water container must rest at the top, but unrestrained. When the tower is stable, water is added and the tower must remain standing for a specified amount of time. Students also do a little background research into the purpose of water towers, which may include watching videos. This package includes some background we found about water towers. You can also have students conduct their own research about the towers or you can just have students brainstorm what they already know. The lab sheet has space to record their thinking and/or research. And, just to make this activity a little more interesting we also added a budget feature to building the tower. Students must “shop” for their supplies using a price list and they must stay within the budget constraints you set!

Students will follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process for this challenge. Procedures for the teacher are marked with the steps of the process as well as the student lab sheet. The teacher directions include hints, photos of the project, and samples of student lab sheets. This should help keep you organized as you work through this project.

The package specifically contains: Cover sheet, Teacher Background, 1 page Materials and Prep list, 5 pages of Teacher directions with helpful hints, 2 full pages of the task constraints, Lab Sheet in two versions, Cost sheet for student planning, Price List for the student budgeting feature, 4 pages of Tower Photos with more details, and Terms of Use page.

Supplies needed in addition to this package include: Straws, Masking tape, Craft foam sheets, Craft sticks, Dowel sticks (3/16 inch diameter and 12 inches long), Small plastic containers, Water, and measuring cup for 50mL.

We enjoyed this tower challenge so much! Keep some paper towels handy since you may have a splash or two!

This tower package works perfectly with others that involve holding something aloft:
STEM Challenge Tennis Ball Towers
STEM Challenge Satellite Dish Towers

You can also find all three tower challenges in a money-saving bundle:
STEM Challenge Bundle Towers Set 2!

Or even better -This challenge can be found in a money-saving 6-Pack!
STEM Challenges 6-Pack Bundle featuring Towers

You might also enjoy these STEM Challenges:

STEM Challenge- A Bundle of STEM Activities about Building Towers
STEM Challenge: Bucket Towers
STEM Challenge ~ Same Supplies Two Tasks: Bridges and Towers

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STEM Engineering Challenge Water Towers
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