Zombie Physics Design Challenge - fits anywhere in the curriculum

Zombie Physics Design Challenge - fits anywhere in the curriculum
Zombie Physics Design Challenge - fits anywhere in the curriculum
Zombie Physics Design Challenge - fits anywhere in the curriculum
Zombie Physics Design Challenge - fits anywhere in the curriculum
Zombie Physics Design Challenge - fits anywhere in the curriculum
Zombie Physics Design Challenge - fits anywhere in the curriculum
Zombie Physics Design Challenge - fits anywhere in the curriculum
Zombie Physics Design Challenge - fits anywhere in the curriculum
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It’s the end of the year and your students are so antsy that you feel like a droning Zombie at the front of the room. It’s time for a design challenge! However, this activity can fit in any time during the school year. Save it for one of “those” days.

Students get a roll of masking tape and a big stack of newspapers to construct a tower to support a basketball over a “hole in the ceiling.” The tower must have a release mechanism that allows the ball to be released with minimal noise and without visually exposing the humans. You'll also need a few basketballs.

I introduce the activity by entering the room as a zombie and groaning out the instructions. It’s great fun, pretty chaotic and will have you and your students in stitches.


• Hands on experience
• Cooperative Learning
• Design challenge
• Teacher instructions and set up
• Reinforcement of difficult concepts
• Student handouts grading rubric

Keywords: design, challenge, physics, STEM, STEAM, Newton's laws, friction, engineering, GTE, halloween, zombie, tower, structure, architecture
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5 pages
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Teaching Duration
55 minutes
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