EYE LEGO Engineering Design Challenges: Tallest Tower

Challenge: Because of overpopulation in LEGOville, the city has decided that because it has no more land to build on. Therefore, the LEGO people must build up instead of out. The challenge is to help LEGOville solve their problem by constructing the tallest LEGO skyscraper. Keep in mind that there are lots of earthquakes in LEGOville, so the tower must be able to withstand an earthquake (a shake test). 

Engineering Goals:

  • Learn about the stability of tall structures and how to engineer tall buildings that are also strong. 

Leader Instructions/Tips:

  • Brind a measuring tape so students can measure how tall their towers are and compete with other groups for the tallest one. 
  • Discuss strategies used in the real world to build string skyscrapers