Tower Tournament (structural engineering)

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Groups of approximately 45 learners

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Keystage 3, 4 and 5

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40-60 minutes

About the Workshop

  • Short introduction to structural engineering and engineering careers. 

  • Work in teams to design and build the tallest tower out of recycled materials. 

  • Buy their materials from a set budget and adapt to changing supply. 

  • Test their designs with a large fan (hurricane generator). 

  • The session concludes with a reflective class discussion on tower performance and consideration of the science behind this. 


This workshop works well as part of a STEM day for Keystage 3 learners.

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Room Requirements: 

  • Standard classroom with plenty of floor space. 

  • Power, projector and screen.

Skills Builder Framework Links

  • Listening 

  • Problem solving 

  • Speaking 

  • Creativity 

  • Staying positive 

  • Teamwork 

  • Aiming high 

  • Leadership

Curriculum Links: 

  • Design and Technology

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