Tower Problem-Round 2

May 6, 2014

Sixth grade Science students met in round 2 of "Tower Problem" challenge.  Tower Problem gives students the opportunity to:

*develop problem-solving skills through use of manipulatives.
*practice observing, hypothesizing, designing, analyzing, and reevaluating.
*enjoy building things.
*do what scientists do!

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).  They have 2 minutes to build the tower.  They cannot 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 formulate ideas, watch for words spoken).

Pictures show the first place team from four different Science class periods.

SCI-4: Selegna / Gabriela
206 cm  (44 blocks)

SCI-6: Benjamin / Ifrah
223 cm  (44 blocks)

SCI-9: Adalberto / Victor
222 cm  (44 blocks)
SCI-10:Sofia / Lisette
192 cm  (43 blocks)