Saturday, June 15, 2013

STEM Challenge...Can you build the tallest tower?

This one is always a HUGE favorite among the kids!  It can be a little tricky, so it is one of the challenges that we do later in the school year!  The kids really need to work together as a team in order to make this one work!  

Here is the challenge...
What is the tallest free-standing tower you can build using the materials provided within the time limit?

Students get the following materials:
-One package of large marshmallows
-Three boxes of spaghetti noodles
-Ziploc bags (one baggie per pair or team)
-One yard of string or yarn
-One yard of clear tape



I love that these challenges are so open-ended with so many possible ways to succeed!  My kids came up with many different solutions for this challenge!  The tallest tower we constructed was about 18 inches high.  Setting a time limit for the challenge added another layer of difficulty!

Try this one with your kids, with or without the packet!


From time to time, these challenges will be offered for FREE!  Be sure to follow my blog and my TPT store for notifications of these "flash freebies"!

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