To design and construct a tower made of plastic straws that
will support and elevate a golf ball to the highest possible
Will Need (per team)
150 plastic 8" regular straight drinking straws (no flexible
50 centimetres of ½" masking tape
30 #1 non-skid trombone paper clips
1 label (standard for file folders - Avery 5160)
1 (3" x 5") index card
1. Students may use only the materials listed above to construct
2. They have a maximum time limit of one half hour (½
hour) for the construction of their Golf Ball Tower
3. The base of the tower must be on the floor and must be part
of the tower.
4. Masking tape may be used in any fashion to construct the
tower, but it may NOT come in contact with the golf ball.
5. Masking tape cannot be used to secure the base of the tower
to the floor. The tower must be constructed so that it is able
to stand freely.
6. Students are required to name their tower. Using the provided
label, affix the tower's name to the structure, provided that
it is not affixed to the golf ball.
1. Once the towers are constructed, all teams will place a golf
ball at the top of their tower at the same time.
2. The towers must then remain free-standing for at least one
minute without any human assistance or being taped to the floor.
If any tower does not stand for the required one minute, it
will be immediately disqualified from competition.
3. If the towers remain standing for the required one minute,
then judges may proceed to measure the height.
4. Height must be measured from the base of the tower (floor)
to the top of the golf ball. Please submit height results in
5. Please submit only the results of the winning entry from
each competing grade to APEGGA.
6. The team that has constructed the tower that supports the
golf ball to the tallest height shall be declared the winner.
7. In the event of a tie, the tower using the least number of
straws shall be declared the winner.
1. The contest is open to Alberta students in grades 7 through
2. Submissions may be made by groups no larger than four. All
students in a group should be in the same grade.
3. All results must be received by APEGGA before 5:00 p.m. on
Friday, March 16, 2001. Please include the height of the tower
(in centimetres), the names of the team members, grade level,
school name and address, telephone number and a teacher contact.
fax or email results to:
1500 Scotia One
10060 Jasper Avenue
EDMONTON AB T5J 4A2
Fax (780) 425-1722
or concerns? Call Bronwen Stembiski at (780) 426-3990 or toll
free at 1-800-661-7020 or Stacey at (403) 262-7714.