Tennis Ball Tower

Activity Summary

Students teams will all use the same materials to build a tower that is both tall and strong.

Video Engagement Links

Required Materials

  • Re-sealable gallon bags (1 per team)
  • Small paper drinking cups (5 per team)
  • Plastic drinking straws (10 per team)
  • Popsicle sticks (10 per team)
  • Tape (1 roll per team)
  • Scissors (1 pair per team)
  • Tennis ball (or similar)

Before the activity, gather the supplies for each team into a re-sealable gallon bag.

Standards Covered

NGSS Standard(s): 3-ETS1-1, 3-ETS1-2, 3-ETS1-3, 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2, 4-ETS1-1, 4-ETS1-2, 4-ETS1-3, 5-ETS1-1, 5-ETS1-2, 5-ETS1-3, 5-PS2-1

CCSS Standard(s): ELA, Math, MP.2, MP.5, W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1