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If you have limited supplies can you still build a tower? Yes, you can! This is a STEM Designing with Dozens challenge! Using only two materials students are challenged to build a very tall tower. This resource also has a bonus challenge included!
Students will follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process in this challenge. They will also have to creatively use a limited supply of two things since they only get a dozen of each! The towers will be precarious structures and they will also have to work with balancing and counterbalancing to make the towers stand. How tall can they build? Can you make one stand more than 100 cm tall? How easily do they tumble? What on earth do you with the bendy part of the straw?
In addition, the challenge includes 3 versions! The two extra versions include materials and directions, constraints for the variation, lab sheet, and photos. Each variation adds a new twist to the simple challenge! Check the preview for more!
The package specifically contains
Supplies needed in addition to this package include straws, tape, and scissors. Versions 2 and 3 have a few more materials- but these are all things you have in your classroom already.
The total page count for this download is 28.
After many years as a classroom teacher I made a big leap to a specialist's job. I became a STEM Lab Specialist in 2013 and quickly discovered I had no resources. I literally started from scratch creating my own lessons for 17 classes of third, fourth, and fifth graders. It was slightly overwhelming. Okay, a lot overwhelming! After several months of creating new STEM resources for my classes I really felt that my lessons could be a lifesaver for busy teachers - like you! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and store. Look around- I know you will find something that will suit your class perfectly!
"As always, with this resource you provided a comprehensive, user friendly, and truly awesome product! My students were beyond excited to try this challenge. Thank you for creating another slam dunk activity!"
Resource Creator & Teacher
Have you always known you were going to be a teacher? I sure have! I grew up in Germany and can still remember playing school with our neighbors that only spoke German. Somehow, kids can play even when they cannot understand each other. My dream to be a teacher continued right into high school and I really thought I would teach upper level math. But, you know, something about working in an elementary school just kept enticing me in that direction. I have taught third, fourth, and fifth grade and I'm now a STEM Specialist. I have two adult children and three fur babies. I love reading and cats and coffee and getting up early. My husband and I are slowly checking off visits to all the places on our bucket list. (Australia we are headed your way soon!)