Towers with 12 Cards STEM for One - Digital

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STEM for One student is here! The current scenario for school attendance is ushering in changes to our STEM labs, Maker Spaces, and STEM in the classroom. Let me help you make this transition into independent STEM projects.

This challenge features building a tower of index cards. Two versions are included.

NOTE: This resource is available in a money-saving bundle!

This STEM resource is a modified version of two of my popular STEM challenges. It is designed to be completed by one student. This is not ideal. STEM Challenges thrive on teamwork and this is the part of working with young engineers we love so much. Watching students solve problems and collaborate together is priceless.

This modified STEM Challenge has student task cards to complete each step of the Engineering Design Process. Each student will build his or her own structure. I know you have questions!


  • How will this work? Each student will receive the task cards. In a classroom setting with social-distancing, students can share via projector with the teacher leading discussions about the challenge. Each student builds an individual model.
  • What about the materials? Sharing materials or working closely with teammates may not work with your social-distancing rules. Each student will have his or her own set of task cards and materials. These materials are consumable and can be given to students in a bin, zippered bag, or envelope.
  • So, no teamwork? Students won't be able to work closely together, but this doesn't mean they cannot be part of a team. The resource will give you some ideas on how to do this!
  • What if my students are at home? The materials and task card packets can be sent home. The resource includes a digital version of the task cards in case you want to deliver the content in that manner. Just send home the bag of materials and students will use the digital format from Google Classroom and fill in text boxes on the digital task cards.
  • WHAT MATERIALS ARE NEEDED? Index cards in any size, clear tape or masking tape, possibly scrap paper to decorate towers in version 2. I chose this challenge because the materials are easy to gather and consumable.

*If you have more questions, please send me a message!

*This resource contains printable and digital files.*

THE GOOGLE DRIVE RESOURCE - You will have 4 files.

File 1 - Teacher's Guide Printable

File 2 - Printable Student Task Cards

File 3 - Digital Student Task Cards of Version 1

File 4 - Digital Student Task Cards of Version 2

Let's break this down!


  • 7-pages of detailed instructions, tips, and ideas for using the challenges in a modified classroom setting or with students at home- including preparing the challenge
  • photo page of completed projects
  • detailed instructions for adding to your Google Classroom

PRINTABLE: This is the task card set for students to use.

  • Version 1 - students build a plain tower with the goal of reaching the tallest height possible.
  • Version 2 - Students choose from 4 famous towers and build a model of the tower using the materials. Photos of the famous towers are included.

DIGITAL FILES: This is the task card set for students to use. To use this set you will add the file to your Google Drive. The teacher's guide has detailed directions if you are new to using this tool.

  • The digital sets are the same task cards seen in the printable sets. I added background colors to the Google slides since you will not be printing them.
  • The digital sets are separated into Version 1 and Version 2 for your convenience.

Let's face it! Tackling school with social-distancing is going to be challenging. Adapting STEM Challenges to have students complete them independently is doable, but will take some work. I have done that for you! More sets like this one are coming soon!

The two full STEM sets of Index Card Towers are available:

STEM for One Resources:

STEM at Home Resources:


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