Tower Design Activity

SWE-RVA is pleased to share an engineering design activity that can be adapted to students of all ages. Below are two versions of an introductory presentation, one geared toward students and one with a few extra slides that may be useful for educators. The "Tower Notes" document contains information to assist the presenter with the introduction. The "Tower Worksheet" document is a handout to guide the students through the activity.

These materials are provided under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. You may adapt and share them:

  • with attribution
  • for noncommercial purposes
  • under the same license as the original.

The Lotus Riverside complex in Shanghai is documented as a real-world example of improper tower design. A worker was killed in the collapse.