Statue Display Tower

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In this activity, learners design, build, test and redesign a display tower that will meet a specific set of criteria and constraints. Learners apply the engineering design process to solve the Golden Book design challenge to make a low cost display tower that can hold a statue and can be taken apart and reassembled easily for transporting from one library to another.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
2 to 4 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Student Resource Sheets
  • Student Worksheets
  • Pieces of corrugated cardboard (small, medium, and large)
  • Newspaper
  • Index cards
  • Paper
  • Card stock
  • Clay (cut into 1" sections)
  • Straws
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Skewers
  • Dowels
  • Paper clips
  • Binder clips
  • Brass fasteners
  • Masking tape (cut into 1 foot pieces)
  • String (cut into 1 foot pieces)
  • Aluminum foil (cut into 6" pieces)
  • Craft wire (cut into 1 foot pieces)
  • Scissors
  • Hole punches
  • Rulers
  • Markers
  • Books (for testing)
  • Stopwatches


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Architectural Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
      • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
    • Technology
      • Manufacturing
      • Construction
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Mass and Weight
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories

  • Financial Literacy


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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