|Name of Activity||Paper Towers|
|Keywords||towers, constraints, materials, weight, Engineering Design Process, sturdy structures, strong shapes, architect, design, prototype, redesign|
|Grade Level||K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6|
|Time||1 Hour Total|
|Brief Description||Students will build towers out of a limited amount of materials that can hold up a set amount of weight (like a stack of books).|
|Lesson Objectives:||To introduce students to the engineering design process.
To teach students about sturdy structures and strong shapes.
|Materials Needed:||For each student group:
|Preparation and Set Up:||- Arrange students into groups of 2.
– Gather materials and photocopy worksheets.
– Make a poster or handouts of the engineering design process.
|Necessary Background||The engineering design process is an eight step process that engineers use to design
1. Identify the need or problem
Engineering design process
|Extensions:||Have students redesign their towers. How does the second tower’s performance compare to the first? What were some design changes?|