Tower Problem

November 9, 2017

Sixth grade Science students met their first “Tower Problem” challenge.  Tower Problem gives them the opportunity to:
*demonstrate that students already do think like scientists!
*develop group problem-solving skills through use of manipulatives.
*practice observing, hypothesizing, designing, analyzing, and  reevaluating.
*enjoy building things!

Students use wooden blocks to build the tallest tower.  A “team” consists of 2 “builders” (who do not know they are a team until their names are drawn and it is time to compete).  The team has 2 minutes to build the tower.  The team may not speak after their names are announced or during the building process.  After the 2 minute building period the tower is measured in centimeters (1 point per centimeter), points deducted (1 point per word spoken during 2 minute building period), and the score is recorded.

Roles class members play during each 2 minute competition include:  timer (announces when 2 minutes starts and when 1 minute is left); recorder (records results); safety inspector (watches for safety problems, gets chair if needed, helps measure height of tower, counts number of blocks used); spectators (observe and learn, watch for words spoken).

Pictures show the first place team from each Science class periods.

SCI-2
Alessandra/Diamond
123 cm
SCI-3(1)
Alex/Julian
165 cm
SCI-3(2)
Isaac/Manuel
165 cm
SCI-5
Valeria/Jose
137 cm
SCI-8
Emilee/Alexis
189 cm
SCI-9
David/Emily
150 cm

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