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Building for Hurricanes

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Participants are given simple materials and design requirements, and must plan and build a tower as tall as possible that will hold up a tennis ball while resisting the force of wind from a fan.

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Related Programming Resources

Related Links National Hurricane Center
NOAA Hurricanes
Climate Kids
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Ocean Explorer: Hurricanes
Originating Source NASA GPM
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Participants Enjoyed the Activity 
Participants Learned from This Activity 
Activity Instructions Were Clear and Easy to Follow 
Would Recommend 
05/01/2018

Challenging and inventive

This is an ideal project for kids of a variety of ages! I tried it with middle school students, and they enjoyed the flexibility and challenge of the project (the challenge being the limited supply options- we gave them only straws, tape, and paper). They were also interested in seeing how everyone's towers fared in the testing, and there was ample discussion about what design elements worked, and which didn't.
The simplicity of this project lends itself well to a variety of age groups; I would easily try this project with younger kids, 1-4.

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Building for Hurricanes

Building for Hurricanes

Participants are given simple materials and design requirements, and must plan and build a tower as tall as possible that will hold up a tennis ball while resisting the force of wind from a fan.