How to Build a Straw Tower: Homeschool STEM Project

How to Build a Straw Tower: Homeschool STEM Project
Using best tape and straws,  Emma and I constructed a tower able to conserving a baseball! Here’s evidence!

straw tower on porch

This  project from the Livingmath.internet curriculum was once now not a very easy undertaking as a result of there have been no instructions, simply an project — construct a tower from straws.  Never having built the rest like this nor ever having observed a straw tower, I used to be fairly pissed off on the loss of element introduced. I imply, how are we able to make one thing that we haven’t any idea of in any respect?

I may best in finding one useful resource that had instructions — How to Build a Straw Tower Capable of Holding a Baseball. So we kind of adopted the tips laid available in the market, and it labored. Sprite and I don’t seem to be quick on creativity, however we undoubtedly want some kind of basis to paintings on. The article have compatibility the invoice. Here are our steps.

straw tower cutting straws

straw towe square and triangle

First we had to bring to an end the flexible a part of every straw. Then we made a triangle and a sq. to evaluate the strengths of every form. It was once simple to see that a triangle is way more potent than a sq.. But we adopted our instructions and made an octagon base pentagon base. (Whoops! Thanks, Chaz, for mentioning my error.)
straw tower making pentagon base

straw tower making long side1

straw tower making long side2

For the aspect constructions, we made lengthy items from six straws by way of putting straws into different straws.

straw tower making long side

straw tower long sides and base done

We used tape to strengthen the joints. Here are our finished base and facets.

straw tower taping sides to base

straw tower taping supports

Then we started connecting the perimeters to the bottom. Just taping this factor in combination was once tough! We attempted loads of techniques ahead of we discovered strategies that labored. We used a LOT of tape. But there was once not anything within the instructions about being beautiful. The one standards was once that it dangle a baseball.

straw tower center support
We additionally built a middle fortify. Then we had been exhausted and uninterested in yellow straws! So issues were given a bit foolish!

straw tower acting silly

straw tower microphone

sprite trimming straw tower

close up of tape1

The subsequent day, we resumed paintings at the tower. We trimmed it to a shorter top and added horizontal  helps throughout. Not beautiful, in anyway, however it was once sturdy! Now the check. Here is Sprite, gingerly trying out the construction with a baseball.

placing the baseball3


placing the baseball4

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