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Basic Structures STEM Unit

SKU: W39852
$995.00 (USD)
Availability: This product has an expected shipping date of three weeks from the date ordered.


This three-week unit combines geometry, material science, and graphic design, delivering great learning potential. After building structures from straws and pipe cleaners, students compare the strengths of three different polyhedrons and then calculate the efficiency of each. Then, they are challenged to construct the tallest self-supporting straw tower possible. In the second part of the unit, students enter the world of package design to create a telescoping box with a tessellation design. Then, they test the strength of different bonding materials used in packaging and design and build a box to hold a specific volume.

Have a class of more than 24 students? No problem! Four-student add-on packages are available.

Interested in purchasing storage for your STEM Unit? We recommend the addition of 13 Large Blue Bins to help make storing your STEM Unit supplies a breeze!


Type: Multi-Student STEM Units and Courses Grades: 6-8


What You'll Get

  • 12 tape measures
  • 12 transparent tape rolls
  • 150 sheets of card stock (11" x 17")
  • 2,500 pipe cleaners
  • 6,000 white straws
  • 12 clear triangles (30°/60°)
  • 12 aluminum spring scales (100 gram)
  • 12 aluminum spring scales (500 gram)
  • 144 binder clips
  • Polyhedra poster


Learning Values

  • Static forces
  • Hypothesis
  • Materials science
  • 3-D modeling
  • Construction techniques
  • Measurement techniques
  • Materials strength
  • Data analysis and predictions
  • Design & creativity
  • Polyhedrons
  • Volume
  • Geometric shapes


  • Students Served: 24
  • Length of Unit: 3 weeks
  • Tools and Materials Required: Hooked weight set, digital scale, calculator, cool-melt glue gun, nonslip ruler, scissors, stapler, safety glasses

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