Paper Towers and Pool Balls Design Challenge

Those who build together learn together. Scholars work in groups on two teamwork-building activities that involve engineering design. They first construct the tallest tower they can using five sheets of paper and masking tape. Next, they come up with a process for rolling a pool ball that will take the ball at least a minute to roll from one side of the table to the other.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the lesson at the beginning of the school year to help promote collaboration
Classroom Considerations
  • Familiarity with the engineering design process is beneficial
  • Some basic materials are necessary; see the resource for a complete list
  • Provides a list of questions for discussion
  • Includes printable worksheets to use as part of a science notebook
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