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BUILD A TOWER - A Civil Engineering Challenge

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Have you ever wondered how these tall structures are constructed? All of these tall marvels require much planning and consideration before they are constructed. Engineers have to make sure that the structure can stand on its own, against all external forces. If there is a purpose for the tower, engineers need to ensure that it is fit for that purpose. Can you build a tower out of everyday materials?

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To construct a freestanding tower at least 60 cm tall with only 2 types of materials and sticky tape to join the materials. Everyone’s a winner. Successfully complete the challenge and your entry will be entered into a draw where at random you stand to win either RM25, RM50 or RM100 in credit.

  1. You may use at most 2 types of materials listed here (straws, toothpicks, chopsticks, pencils, colour pencils, marker pens, pens, craft sticks, ice cream sticks, satay sticks, paper cups, plastic cups, paper, newspaper, toilet roll or kitchen roll). Each item in this list is considered ONE material. For avoidance of doubt, if you use pencils and colour pencils, you cannot use any other type of materials.
  2. There is no limit to the quantity of each type of material chosen above
  3. You may only use sticky tape (any type that you have at home) to assist in the support of your tower BUT no other materials such as glue.
  4. The tower must be free standing. It cannot be held with hands and cannot be taped to the ground
  5. Measure your fully constructed tower from the base to the highest point of the tower using a long ruler, a measuring tape, or a 60cm string.
  1. Towers have been a part of developed society for centuries. Towers serve a variety of purposes.
  2. Towers are all structures that are taller than they are wide
  3. The foundation of any structure is very important in providing stability and support, especially for greater heights
  4. Can your structure withstand against natural forces such as wind and gravity
  5. The Engineering Design Process helps engineers in everything that they build
  6. Building towers is not an easy task. If you fail, go back to the Engineering Design Process and  try to improve it. Be resilient!
  1. What towers can you think of in Malaysia? What are they used for? What other types of towers can you think of?
  2. Examples of different types of towers are observation towers, lighthouse, bell tower, clock tower, water tower, skyscraper, rotating restaurant tower, bridge tower [for cable-stayed and suspension bridges], airport control tower, wind turbine tower, radio mast, radar tower, antenna tower, electrical transmission tower, cellular communication tower
  3. Ask your child to name what they think is the tallest skyscraper (free-standing structure) in the world (and where it is). Proceed to tell them the correct answers to these questions and compare their heights to each other and to other lengths the students can relate to. for example Tallest building in the world – Burj Khalifa located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2,717 feet tall (~9 football fields high) Tallest building in the U.S. – One World Trade Center, located in New York City, 1,776 feet tall (~6 football fields high)
  1. Understand the strength and weaknesses of different materials and learning how best to use them
  2. Applying the Engineering Design Process
  3. Applying  principles of construction such as planning, design and counteracting forces
  4. Improving fine motor skills
  5. Develop problem solving skills
Challenge 1
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Challenge 1 Instructions

Engineering Design Process

Design Sheet

Challenge 1 – Result Sheet

How To Win Challenge
  1. Complete the challenge
  2. Take a photo or video, showing the height of the tower
  3. Upload onto your Facebook page and tag us, Engineering for Kids Malaysia (make sure the privacy of the post is set to public) 
Terms & Conditions
  1. You are permitted to submit more than one entry for each challenge
  2. You are permitted to participate in more than one challenge
  3. You may submit your projects at any time during the MCO period
  4. To qualify, all submissions via uploads to FaceBook MUST tag Engineering for Kids Malaysia
  5. All credits are redeemable at our center and can only be used for purchase of center classes or camps
  6. All credits are not exchangeable for cash
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