3 Towers

Challenge

Your challenge is to build three towers as tall as possible.

 

Time: 6 minutes total

You will have 6 minutes to build your structures

 

The Challenge: You are to build 3 freestanding towers that are as tall as possible with the materials provided. Each tower can only be made out of two types of materials. If a material is used in one tower it can’t be used in another. Each tower must stand for 10 second before it can be measured.

 

Materials

  • 10 straws
  • 10 pieces of spaghetti noodles
  • 10 rubber bands
  • 20 toothpicks
  • 4 sheets of paper
  • 4 mailing labels
  • 10 small marshmallows
  • 4 Styrofoam cups
  • 1-12-inch piece of yarn
  • Not included in your towers:  scissors

 

Scoring:

  • 1 point for each inch of height for each tower
  • Up to 20 points for the creativity of your use of materials
  • Up to 20 points for how well you worked together

 

Do Ahead

Collect the following materials:

  • 10 straws
  • 10 pieces of spaghetti noodles
  • 10 rubber bands
  • 20 toothpicks
  • 4 sheets of paper
  • 4 mailing labels
  • 10 small marshmallows
  • 4 Styrofoam cups
  • 1-12-inch piece of yarn
  • scissors

 

Debrief:

After the team has finished their challenge discuss the following:

  • What kind of problems did you encounter when you made the towers?
  • How could you have used your materials differently?
  • Did you finish on time?
  • What could you have done differently?

 

Follow Up:

  • Using the same materials, repeat the challenge after the debriefed. This gives them the opportunity to apply any corrections discussed during the debrief time.
  • Do the challenge again using different materials.