Newspaper Towers

Challenge:

Build the tallest tower possible that can support a tennis ball and withstand wind.

NOTE: The tower must be freestanding (it cannot be taped to or leaning against anything) The height of the tower will be measured from the base of the tower to the bottom of the tennis ball. The tennis ball cannot be taped into the tower ....it must be easily placed inside and removed during the testing period.

Materials List:

  • 6 full sheets of newspaper
  • Piece of cardboard
  • 5 craft sticks
  • 1 meter string
  • 1/2 meter tape
  • scissors
  • Tennis ball
  • Fan

Tasks:

  • Come up with a team name and post it to your wiki along with a team photo.
  • Choose a team role (Project manager, Lead engineer, Materials manager, Communication manager ). See document below for details. Record the name of each team member and their role on your wiki.
  • Take some time (no more than one class period) and research tower designs. Post 3 important facts you discovered about creating strong, tall towers. Visit some of the following sites for research: Building Big, How Building's Work, How products are made, skyscraper design & construction.
  • Each team member needs to draw as many design ideas as possible. Take a photo of each one and post to the wiki.
  • Discuss each design and create a new one based off all the good parts of each team member's ideas. Take a photo and post to the wiki.
  • Build your newspaper tower. - Take at least two photos during the construction phase and post.
  • Take a photo of your final tower and post to your wiki.
  • Record the height of your tower.
  • Complete the reflection questions below.


Results:

Team Name

Height of Tower (cm)

Did the tower hold the tennis ball? (Yes / No)

Fan - Low speed

Fan - Medium Speed

Fan - High Speed

Extreme Towers
21 cm
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Tower Peeps
9 cm
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Supa Constructas
13.5 cm
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Supa Towers
35 cm
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Supa Builders
19 cm
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Minion Towers
22 cm
Yes
No
No
No
Awh Snap
32.5 cm
Yes
No
No
No
After Shock
17.5 in
yes
yes
no
no
Sky Scrapers
42 in
yes
no
no
no
Builder Party Animals
26.5 in
yes
no
no
no
The Buzzing Builders
1 in
yes
yes
yes
yes
The Lightning Towers
38.5 in
yes
no
no
no
Turtles Building Towers
20 in
yes
yes
yes
yes
Thunder Towers
.5 in
yes
yes
yes
yes



Reflection:

Answer the following questions on your wiki page. Use complete sentences, accurate spelling & grammar.
  1. Why was the winning tower more successful than others?
  2. What could your team have done to improve your design?
  3. If you could build the ideal tower, what materials would you use and why?
  4. Look over the teamwork rubric and list two areas your team could improve.

Teamwork Rubric
Needs Improvement
Satisfactory
Excellent
Score
Workload
  • Often dominates, sits passively, or gets distracted
  • Sometimes dominates, sits passively, or gets distracted
  • Usually shares the workload equally, encourages others as needed, offers help as needed, and accepts direction from team members
  • Usually follows role assignments

Listening
  • Talks most of the time, rarely allowing input from others- Or –
  • Rarely talks, requiring partner(s) to do most talking
  • Usually balances talking and listening, though tends a little more to one than the other
  • Listens attentively to others ideas, asks questions when needed, offers ideas, and encourages others input

  • \Occasionally able to read and manage their own motivations and behaviors
  • Able to read and manage their own motivations and behaviors
  • Able to read and manage their own and others' emotions, motivations, and behaviors

Decision-Making
  • Dominates decision making- Or –
  • Allows others to dominate decision making
  • Sometimes seeks to reach a consensus, but often goes with just a majority rule
  • Seeks to reach a consensus for all decisions
  • Uses appropriate conflict resolution skills as necessary

Interdependence
  • Rarely builds solutions or decisions from ideas of other team members
  • Sometimes builds solutions or decisions from ideas of other team members
  • Gives some thought to similarities and differences of members’ ideas
  • Frequently builds solutions or makes decisions synthesizing ideas from all team members

Flexibility
  • Has difficulty considering all other’s ideas, synthesizing, or compromising
  • Generally considers all ideas, sometimes seeks to synthesize, and sometimes makes compromises
  • Carefully and respectfully considers all ideas, seeks to synthesize, and compromises when needed
  • Works to be part of the solution, not part of the problem

Comments

Work Completion Checklist:

  • Your team name is on the top of your wiki
  • You have a team photo on your wiki
  • You posted the name of each team member and their job for this activity.
  • You posted 3 important facts you discovered about creating strong, tall towers.
  • Your page has a picture of each team member's design.
  • Your final team design is on the wiki.
  • Your page includes 2 pictures of the building process.
  • A photo of the final tower is posted to your page.
  • Your team answered the 3 reflection questions. (The question is included in your post.)
  • The reflection questions were answered using completed sentences, accurate spelling & proper grammar.
  • Your team listed 2 areas (based off the rubric above) where they can improve.
  • Your page is organized & easy to follow.

Leach Homeroom

Extreme Towers - Jonathan C., Nick, Jon Harris & Stefan
Tower Peeps - Jake, Julia, Allie & Max
Supa Constructas - Charlie I., Rylie, Sadie & Tyler
Supa Towers - Daniel, Elise, Isabella & Gray
Supa Builders - Nadim, Skylar, Ruby & Brandon
Minion Towers - Jack N., Reese, Ume & Ethan
Awh Snap - Davis, Ellie & Jack A.

Brown Homeroom

Aftershock - Rami, Anthony & Bennett
Sky Scrapers - Charlie E., Grace, Lauren & Ihsaan
Builder Party Animals - Adam, Jack Mo., Anderson & George
The Buzzing Builders - Jack H., Alexis, Magnolia & John A.
The Lightning Towers - Jimmy, Zainab, Sophie & Erik
Turtles Building Towers - Oliver, Brady, Eloise & Maggie
Thunder Towers - Jack Mc., Delana, Eleanor & Mayer