Towers STEM Challenge 6-Pack Bundle

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    1. If you are ready for an entire year's worth of STEM Challenges, including back-to-school activities, this set is the perfect choice. This collection of student-tested STEM Challenges for elementary students is jam-packed full of so many projects- 60 to be exact. This is all you will need for an ent
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    Let's build a tower (or two)! This package contains six STEM Challenges featuring Towers. Each is listed in more detail below. I hope the opportunity to purchase this money-saving bundle will help you incorporate STEM into your busy schedule!

    This bundle contains six challenges featuring Tower Building. These are available separately and as part of other bundles. The individual products include:

    STEM Challenge: Build a Tower with Spaghetti

    Students use spaghetti and a few simple supplies to construct the tallest tower possible. The trick is to get the heaviest item atop the tower and keep that tower standing up! It’s a classic tower building challenge with the package’s added features of detailed directions, helpful hints, and photos. Materials needed: spaghetti, marshmallows, tape, and string. Students also need scissors. ALSO, this file includes a Bell Tower and a Spaghetti Tower that uses a blueprint and scoring rubric.

    STEM Challenge: Build a Tower with Toothpicks

    Students will be designing and constructing a tower made with only two supplies. Students will jump into the task with a little planning and then quickly discover they need to constantly modify. Their failures will teach them what to do next! This activity will be fun and full of learning! Materials needed: toothpicks and modeling dough (Play-doh). ALSO, this file includes a version that uses marshmallows, blueprints, and scoring rubrics.

    STEM Challenge: Build a Tower with Index Cards

    Students will be designing and constructing a tower made with two supplies. They will have to work together and revise constantly. Their initial thinking will be challenged as they see their efforts collapse (literally) and then they will go back to the drawing board. Materials needed: Index cards, masking tape, and scissors. This includes a Christmas challenge also!

    STEM Challenge Tennis Ball Towers

    Students will design and build a tower that must support an object at a specific height and they must use ALL the supplies. The supplies needed are very simple and easy to gather. Stand back and watch them construct! Materials needed: straws, craft sticks, coffee stir sticks, tennis balls, masking tape, string, and a container for each group’s supplies.

    STEM Challenge Satellite Dish Towers

    Students will build a tower that will hold a satellite dish aloft. The tower does not need to be a specific height, but must hold the dish aloft and the satellite dish must resemble one. Also, the satellite dish must rotate in some way in order to be moved to receive a “signal”. Here’s the twist: Each group will be divided into two parts. One part will receive the supplies for the satellite dish while the other part will receive the supplies for the tower. At some point the two teams within the group will have to work together to assemble the entire structure. It’s a fabulous feat of collaboration! Materials needed: Cups - plastic or Styrofoam, Plastic lids for the cup or similar round flat objects, Flat Styrofoam tray or bowl, Rubber bands, Pipe cleaners, Masking tape, Straws, and Craft Sticks.

    STEM Challenge Water Towers

    Students will 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. 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! Materials needed: 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.

    NOTE: Each of these challenges now includes a scoring rubric and forms are editable.

    Also, these challenges are available in bundles of three:

    This 6 pack bundle is also part of the 60 challenge MEGA Bundle:


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