Towers of Fun
Secondary Education teacher candidates in the Adolescence Education program work with middle school students as they are challenged to design towers that will successfully hold a dense rubber ball for a minimum of 3 seconds. Using only the materials supplied, middle school students constructed their towers, tested the integrity of the towers, redesigned after failures, or redesigned to create taller towers able to hold the ball without toppling over. The object of the challenge? The tallest tower able to hold the ball for the longest time was determined to be the strongest and most stable vertical tower constructed.
The Middle School Science Enrichment club where these students participate in an after-school program provides our teacher candidates with the opportunity to work with students they will one day teach in the adolescence classrooms.