- It must be at least 24 inches tall
- A ball had to be able to be dropped from the top of the structure (not pushed, blowed on, etc.) and fall off the top
- The ball must land inside of a cup
This was my first time working with this group of kiddos this year and I was blow away at how well they worked together. EVERY single group for EVERY single hour - no joke! They worked cooperatively for the whole time and after completing the challenge(s), many groups deconstructed and build a different tower to complete the challenge. I head many times from students that, "This was so fun!" and "I can't wait to do this again!". It is during Quickfires that really challenge the students (and believe me, there were many planks that fell and MANY structures that had to be COMPLETELY rebuilt, multiple times), I wonder if the students even notice how they are being challenged or if they get caught up in the "fun." I know that they recognize that we present them with a difficult challenge, but there are so many other aspects that we as teachers are observing as they complete the task. The teacher had created the groups ahead of time and grouped students in a variety of ways (introverts/extroverts, students who normally don't work together, ability levels, etc.), and she observed students coming out of their shells and contributing to a group project. It was so interesting to hear her observations and reflect on our intended outcomes as well as hers.
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