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Stack 'Em Up


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Stack 'Em Up

In this simple and fun activity, learners build a tower of cups to explore distribution of weight. Learners make predictions about their towers and test their designs. Activity extensions include trying different materials such as coins, marshmallows or cardboard boxes. This activity can be linked to a lesson on architecture or famous buildings.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)


  • Lots of paper or plastic cups

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
    • Technology
      • Construction
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving

Informal Categories


  • Model Building

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • WGBH

Source Collection:

  • Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, WGBH Educational Foundation, ©2007

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0610406
  • Arby's
  • Greendog

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