The Tall Tower activity explores the design of tall structures and focus on the understanding of construction methodology of the high buildings, significance of geometrical shapes and their affect on the strength of the building. Students try to make the tallest tower they can build using straws, tape and paperclips. The tower must be strong enough to support the weight of a tennis ball for two minutes.
Learning outcomes according to national curriculum of general science
- The activity addresses the basic concept of building structure and loading.
- Understanding, significance and application of geometrical shapes in construction.
- Discuss how design and geometry affect the strength of a construction.
- Age: 7-12 years
- of students: 30 (maximum)
- Duration: 45 minutes