Have you ever tried building a tower using raw spaghetti noodles? I love this fun twist on the traditional Spaghetti Tower STEM Challenge for Kids.
Spaghetti Tower STEM Challenge for Kids with a Twist
My husband Mike challenged my two oldest kids to a spaghetti tower building challenge. The goal was to see who could build the tallest Spaghetti tower using spaghetti, tape, and thread. But, there was a twist. This tower also had to support the weight of a LEGO minifigure!
Emma and Johnny taped several pieces of spaghetti together. They were able to anchor it pretty impressively to the table using tape. But there was a problem! When they added their LEGO minifigure, the tower would bend. The LEGO minifigure also kept sliding down the spaghetti tower!
Building a Spaghetti Tower Engineering Challenge
Luckily, they came up with a brilliant solution: a single strand of sewing thread served as a tension line to hold the tower in place. Then a little extra tape at the top of the tower kept their minifigure from sliding down the tower.
Lily and Anna wanted to build a spaghetti tower, too, but they struggled to get started. So Mike joined their team.
Mike and Lily created a tripod base to give their tower some stability. The uncooked spaghetti has just enough give to allow for slightly curved lines without breaking.
There was a big celebration when they got their minifigure to balance on the tower first try!
Who Won the Spaghetti Tower Challenge?
This was more of a “see what you can create” challenge than a “winning challenge”. Mike and Lily build a tower without needing any thread. Their LEGO minifigure balanced first try. Emma and Johnny’s tower was actually taller, and it was able to balance on a single base – thanks to their clever use of a tension thread. Their design took some tweaking to get the minifigure to balance, but they ultimately solved the problem – and that’s what matters, in the end!
More Building Challenges for Kids
We love building in our house! Here are some more fun engineering challenges for kids of all ages:
- Bridge Building STEM Challenge
- Build a House for the Three Little Pigs
- Design and Build a Truck
- Build a Tall Tower
- Boat Building Challenge
Can you recommend a fun building challenge for us to try? Please share in the comments. I also love to see photos, suggestions, and ideas on my Facebook page, and you can tag me on Instagram. Sign up for my newsletter to receive kids’ activities, crafts, and parenting tips in your inbox every week.