Engineering Towers | Elementary School Educator Curriculum
Building With Materials
Explore towers and design your own.
Students will explore various material properties that will influence the design of their tower through proper material selection.
INITIAL TOWER DESIGN
Draw a design of a tower. Include the types of materials and explain how you would arrange and connect them.
- Why did you choose these materials for your tower?
- Why did you arrange them this way?
- Why did you connect them this way?
OBJECTIVE: Learners will be able to plan a tower and explore materials.
- Have students brainstorm a design of a tower.
- Students will draw a sketch image of their tower.
- Respond to questions to describe what they will use to make the tower.
How does the understanding of the materials we have to work with help us design better solutions?
Use drawings, words, and numbers to explain your thinking.
Project 10 Lever Experiment
Explore the concepts of balance and symmetry and how they relate to tower construction.
Project 11 The Language of Form
Experiment with 3D space by exploring the various attributes of aesthetic form.
Project 12 Drawing of Group Design
Reflect on the concept of group design and how it impacts the design process.
Project 14 Team Plan and Task Assignments
Share the wealth by assigning tasks for learners to complete their projects.
Project 15 Building Our Tower
Devise a method of reflecting on the engineering process through the use of journaling.
Project 16 Earthquake Table Test
Devise an experiment to test the structural soundness of their tower design.