Tower Challenge

identify the problem

For this challenge, you will construct a tower made of craft and recyclable materials (paper, tape, toothpicks, popsicle sticks, etc.). Your tower should be able to at least support a tennis ball or object with a similar weight off of the ground. The tower should be free-standing.

design a solution

01. Research and Brainstorm. What features of a tower are important? Why and how does a tower stand on its own? What brings strength to a tower? Any specific shapes, features, that make it strong.
02. Design and Build a prototype. The goal is to be able to build a tower to support a tennis ball.
03. Guidelines.
  • Has to be free-standing.
  • Try to use craft materials such as, rolled up paper/newspaper, recyclable materials, tape, popsicle sticks, toothpicks, etc.

04. Share your idea. Film a short (Max 2 min video) pitch of your invention. Include details like who is it for, what problem does it solve, etc. Have fun! Upload/share your video to twitter, facebook or Instagram. Don't forget to tag us!

get inspired

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