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Online Tower Tournament - Structural Engineering Workshop

A workshop day to explore the careers linked to the Structural Engineering industry.

Online Tower Tournament - Structural Engineering Workshop

Tower Tournament takes inspiration from the work of structural engineers, by challenging teams to produce the tallest tower capable of withstanding ‘hurricane winds’.

Teams work competitively to build their towers against the clock, with a limited budget of tokens for the purchase of craft materials. Towers are then tested using a fan.

The session concludes with a reflective class discussion on tower performance and consideration of the science behind this.


Minimum of 30 participants, maximum of 90 participants.


All costs are dependant on number of learners engaged throughout the day and staff to student ratio required.

Dates and Location

Dates are available throughout the school calendar. Participant numbers can be varied to suit requirements and choice of workshops can be tailored to suit.


Up to 2 hours to suit the needs of the school. Can be repeated to multiple groups within a day or could be coupled with other workshops to form a broader STEM day.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Design/Art/Fashion
    • General Engineering
    • Materials/Products/Manufacturing
    • Mechanical Engineering/Systems/Processes
    • Structures/Construction/Civil Engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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