STEM Quick Challenge Platform Towers

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3rd - 5th
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  1. Perfect for spur of the moment, spontaneous STEM time! It's STEM Quick Challenges! Can you use a few supplies and build a structure? These challenges are quick, easy prep, easy materials, great fun, and can be used on the spur of the moment! This is a money-saving bundle of twenty Quick Challenges!T
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This is one of the most unique STEM Challenges ever! The premise is simple: it’s a group tower building project and I mean the entire class. Yes, that is right! It is a powerful way to build community and learn about being on a team. A platform tower is built at each table but each tower is worked on by every team!

Note: This challenge is available in a money-saving bundle!

What is the challenge?

In this challenge, there are six teams. Each team begins with a bin of materials and a set of task cards. Every team completes task 1 with a 4-5 minute time limit. Then they rotate! That’s right, they all move to the next table. Then every team completes task 2 on the structure that was started by a different team. After 4-5 minutes, they rotate again. Every team completes task 3 on the structure that has now had two different teams working on it. This continues through 6 rotations.

What is your prep?

Supplies needed in addition to this package include cardboard pieces, craft sticks, straws, string or yarn, and masking tape.

The package specifically contains:

  • Cover sheet
  • Teacher Background
  • 4 pages of Teacher Directions
  • Constraints page
  • Group Task cards for rotations
  • 3 pages of Photos
  • Scoring rubric
  • Pages for an alternative use of the challenge (without rotations)
  • Terms of Use
  • And just for you – all forms are provided in an editable format!

Simple teacher procedures are included. Go over the constraints and task cards, explain the rotation procedure, and then stand back and watch this challenge unfold. We ran into all kinds of interesting dilemmas! What if the first team uses too much of the materials? What if a table runs out of tape due to previous teams using too much? What if a team cannot get their task completed well? What will teams change as they arrive at a structure that is falling down?

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