Taped Towers is a fun, yet challenging, hands-on activity I have used in my classes. Depending on class size and supplies available, this activity can be completed individually or students can be divided into small groups with 2-3 students per group.
Materials for this activity are minimal and easy to obtain:
- newspaper (same amount for each group)
- masking tape (same amount for each group – I use an arm’s length)
After materials are distributed, students are given the challenge: Build the tallest, free-standing tower, using only the supplies given, in the time provided.
Taped Towers gives students the opportunity to be creative and test new ideas. It can be used as a team-building activity, an engineering challenge, or a way to incorporate some fun into the classroom that also encourages students to think in new and different ways.
Grab some newspapers out of the recycling bin and get started!