STEM Challenge Index Cards and Tape

By Jenna Richter | March 31, 2016 | Engineering

This weeks Wednesday Engineering Challenge was to use twenty index cards and tape to make the tallest tower possible.  Students were not allowed to tape the structure to the table, it had to be free standing.

 

Each student worked independently and it was exciting to see their confidence as they built.
Each student worked independently and it was exciting to see their confidence as they built.

 

Finn started with a four sided base and worked up to loops and finally ended with a single steeple made of a card.  Louie started with the same idea for a base and moved on to a second story of rectangles and a pitched roof.

 

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Louie's was by far the most stable.
Louie’s was by far the most stable.

 

Harlow worked with three sided structures.  He worked the longest and was able to make the highest tower at almost 30 inches high.

 

Harlow was able to get it to stay up long enough to measure and win the challenge.
Harlow was able to get it to stay up long enough to measure and win the challenge.

 

We talked about perseverance as we worked.  Harlow stayed with the project through many collapses and kept working to brace and weight it differently until he succeeded and won the challenge.