Slender Tower Challenge

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Looking for an engineering project that will tower above the rest? Try a design experiment that has built-in fun! Groups examine a variety of skyscraper designs, then compete to create their own slender towers. The teacher's guide is stacked with insightful questions, tips for modifying the lesson, and ideas for extending the activity.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Conduct TV-style interviews with a member of each team to up the excitement level of the build
  • Show multiple photos of tower designs to get the class' creativity flowing
Classroom Considerations
  • Create working groups of three to four based upon your class size and space constraints
  • Provide safe options for pupils to construct the tops of their towers, such as step stools
  • The Guidance for Younger Children section of the activity is perfect for helping pupils make the connections needed to meet the goals of the lesson
  • No Legos needed! Simple building materials mean easier preparation, execution, and clean up
  • The procedure promotes collaborative skills and decision making
  • None
Common Core