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Elementary Science Olympiad Straw Tower Activity
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Elementary Science Olympiad Straw Tower Activity


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Grade Level Grades 2-5
Resource Type Activity
Standards Alignment
Next Generation Science Standards

About This Lesson

This is a competition in which each participant or team (2 people) is attempting to build the strongest straw tower. Each participant or team will construct a tower using only 25 drinking straws and 1 meter of masking tape.. The lesson plan can be supplemented with the Science Olympiad At Home Straw Tower video on the Science Olympiad TV You Tube channel.

This activity is suited for the classroom, an afterschool program, or at-home learning. 

Elementary Science Olympiad allows students, teachers and families an opportunity to explore the world of STEM in classroom, club, community or competitive settings. Signature Science Olympiad events like Mystery Powders, Gummi Bear Long Jump, Straw Towers, Metric Mastery and Don’t Bug Me bring core science concepts to life using everyday materials. Designed to be inclusive, welcoming and accessible to novice learners and educators, the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards-aligned Elementary Science Olympiad curriculum will fit the needs of any school, after-school program or library. Visit for more information.




January 8, 2021
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Science Olympiad at Home, Vol. 2 - Straw Tower
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