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Tower Tussle

Students must work in teams to build a hurricane or earthquake proof building while keeping to budget!

Tower Tussle

Students are introduced to the concept of buildings that adapt to their environment, before being challenged to build either an earthquake or hurricane resistant tower.

A budget is given, with each material having a different price, so teams of young people must use their funds carefully to build the tallest tower, which is then tested with a fan (hurricane) or vibration plate (earthquake) to see whether it can withstand the environment.

The winning team will be the one who builds the tallest tower that withstands the disaster!

The session concludes with a recap of skills used, examples of careers that relate to the activities completed and the career paths of delivery staff or colleagues.


£650+VAT for schools within an hour and a half of Derby, £770+VAT for schools beyond this. Discounts will be applied for multiple bookings.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

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

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


  • Materials
  • Forces
  • Structures

Working scientifically

Whichever curriculum your school follows, pupils should have the opportunity to carry out practical investigations in science that help them to develop their scientific skills. This experience builds the following enquiry skills:

  • Asking questions
  • Making predictions
  • Setting up tests
  • Observing and measuring
  • Evaluating

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:

  • Aiming high - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

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

  • Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

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

  • Staying positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

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

Good for a career in...

  • Construction
  • Environment
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