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Lesson Title:
Paper Towers

Ms. Jami Turnquist (Primary)
Dr. Gabriel Bruguier

Brief Description:
This lesson plan goes over the basics of civil engineering, infrastructure, and the basics of towers.

Topics Introduced:
Civil Engineering
Suggested Grade Levels:
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade

Industrial Technology

Lesson Information

Learning Expectations:

To understand the point of civil/structural engineering, the main ideas behind towers and what they're used for, and understand the basics of their structure.

Plan Of Action:

Students will build a free-standing paper tower that should be able to support a tennis ball.

Students can be split into groups. Each group is given 20 sheets of regular paper, and 4 sheets of cardstock. They are also given 3 feet of tape.

The rules should be posted and students should be reminded. The rules are as follows:
1) Must be free standing
2) No other building materials allowed
3) You may not cut your paper. Folding and tearing is acceptable.

The team who makes the tallest tower, still able to hold a tennis ball, wins. The time given for this activity can vary.

Data Set Used:

Students will be given rules for activity.

Materials Needed:

Per each group:
1. 20 sheets of regular paper
2. 4 sheets of cardstock
3. 3 feet of tape
4. a tennis ball

Preparation Period:

1. Download powerpoint to computer ahead of time and look through material.
2. Have an idea how many members you want in each group.
3. Have supplies ready for groups (cardstock, paper, tape, tennis ball(s))

Implementation Period:

Lesson will last approximately 45 minutes. Allow 10-15 minutes for powerpoint and questions, 20 minutes for building, 10 minutes for testing.

Lesson Files

Introduction to Civil Engineering
Powerpoint used for lesson
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