Taking the ‘Straw Tower Challenge’


Students work to build tower of straw and tape

Special to The Union Times



Photo courtesy of Patricia Hughey Ansli, Trystan and Logan focus on their “Straw Tower Challenge” in Mrs. Hughey’s Gifted and Talented Class at Lockhart Elementary School. They and their fellow students were working to see who could build the tallest, structurally sound tower that could hold the most weight using 40 straws and 40 inches of tape.


LOCKHART — Some students undertook the “Straw Tower Challenge” at Lockhart Schools recently.

Mrs. Hughey’s Lockhart Elementary Gifted and Talented group tested their critical thinking skills and creativity when they took on the “Straw Tower Challenge.” The objective of the project was to construct the tallest, structurally sound tower that could hold the most weight. The materials included using 40 straws and 40 inches of tape. The constraints for the tower mandated the height had to be at least 16 inches and have a flat area on top that was a minimum of 4 inches. The strength of the towers was tested with an apple paperweight.

Students initially researched geometric shapes to determine the strongest two dimensional one. They determined that the triangle fit the bill and most teams researched truss designs as an inspiration for their own design solutions. The students also had to consider: the forces of weight, tension and compression.

Photo courtesy of Patricia Hughey

Ansli, Trystan and Logan focus on their “Straw Tower Challenge” in Mrs. Hughey’s Gifted and Talented Class at Lockhart Elementary School. They and their fellow students were working to see who could build the tallest, structurally sound tower that could hold the most weight using 40 straws and 40 inches of tape.

http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_thumbnail_file-1.jpgPhoto courtesy of Patricia Hughey

Ansli, Trystan and Logan focus on their “Straw Tower Challenge” in Mrs. Hughey’s Gifted and Talented Class at Lockhart Elementary School. They and their fellow students were working to see who could build the tallest, structurally sound tower that could hold the most weight using 40 straws and 40 inches of tape.

Students work to build tower of straw and tape

Special to The Union Times

This story courtesy of Patricia Hughey.

This story courtesy of Patricia Hughey.

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