How was this accidental?
Great question! We have built a lot of different towers in the STEM Lab- spaghetti, index card, toothpicks, straws, foil, and more! In fact, the straw tower activity prompted me to start thinking about a new tower.
I wanted a challenge that used straws because at the time I had about 5000 straws in a cabinet. (That’s a great story all by itself and I did a blog post about it >>> click HERE)
Anyway, I knew we would use straws, but what is going to make this a different tower….hmmmm?
What if something had to be suspended within the tower?
Bucket Towers are Born!
The tower in the photo above looks very simple and appears to work well. But, did it?
Of course, I also added that the bucket needs to hold weight. Kids learned pretty quickly that a heavy bucket is going to change everything about how the towers work!