Activity Time:

60 Minutes
If you challenged your students to build a tower with on-hand materials that meets the ask of a customer – could they do it? This activity will prove they can. They will, in teams, navigate creativity, collaboration, design thinking, and problem solving to rise to the occasion of solving a problem and improving a skyline.

Key Topics

  • Motivation
  • Supply and Demand
  • Trade-Offs

Relevant Principles

  • Freedom
  • Integrity
  • Knowledge
  • Opportunity
  • Sound Judgment
  • Win-Win Focus

Real-World Concepts

  • Property Rights
  • Scarcity
  • Self-Interest
  • Subjective Value
  • Volutary Exchange

Materials Needed

  • Tower Materials (Popsicle Sticks, Paper, Newspaper, Wire, String, Tubs, Foam, etc.)
  • Scissors
  • Tape or Glue
  • Markers or Colored Pencils
  • Towers Rating Form (Available in Empowered Hub)
  • (Empowered Currency or Bonds)
Students will see how their unique skills and problem-solving abilities combine to create something truly great – a tower that meets the request of their “client”. Will they share materials? Will they ask questions? Will they focus on height or structural integrity? This activity will require a lot of principled action and creative thinking.