How to Build Straw Structures

STEM– an acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics,” is a curriculum used in modern schooling from Kindergarten to college. This article will teach you about the particular concepts of how to build straw structures.

The ideas will be broken down for easy understanding. STEM concepts of building Straw Structures:

1. Science Concepts


These are the materials used to build straw structures; the elements are ones that you can easily get such as: drinking straws, and gums or tape for joining the straws together at the joints.

Material Science

The straw structure building materials are made up of easy to manipulate substance such as plastic that can bend with ease when exposed to heat or uncooked sphetti and gum that is sticky for holding the joints together.

Structure and Efficiency

The straw structure building should be in a way that it is stable enough to stand on its own. When building a straw structure such as a tower, the base should be pentonal (that is, five-sided). The penton shape gives it a more substantial base area for stability. As shown in the ime below.

To get long straws, insert the straws in each other as illustrated here

Then join them using masking tape for them to stick together.

Problem Solving

Straw structure building will equip you with the problem-solving ability, which will be useful in the job market. You will need to think first about how to build a tall and robust structure best.

Problems likely to encounter are:


Friction is a resistance experienced when two solid objects move ainst each other. When constructing your straw structure and encounter friction, the best way to reduce it is by lubricating (that is, applying oil).


Gravity is the force that brings an object towards the ground, for example when an apple is thrown up; it comes down to the ground.

Building straw structures will encounter gravity problem, and problem-solving ability a test for you to determine what to do to prevent the formation from collapsing. You will increase the base of the structure to improve the center of gravity- where the weight of the object concentrates.

2. Technology Concepts


STEM projects aim at equipping you with safety skills that are useful in the construction and engineering field. During straw structures building, safety measures such as putting on gloves should be observed to prevent accidental cuts or burns. Construction Techniques

By building straw structures of constructions such as towers and bridges to mention a few, the projects equip you with civil engineering techniques that will be valuable should you choose that career path.

3-D Modelling

3-D model is a real world portray of a constructed structure. Some projects such as windmill building expose you to use of 3-D technology that is in use to model and construct modern, useful machines and tools.

Designing Process

Designing a ste of building straw structures is crucial as it determines your success. The structure’s design should be well established from the beginning to attain the required stability. The experience offered by these STEM projects will help you in designing civil structures and other objects.

Historical Perspective

STEM projects such as building a catapult that can launch a cannon furthest reconstruct history such as the American revolution. The project exposes you to the technology used in modern warfare if you choose to follow the career part of engineering war weapons.

3. Engineering Concepts

Scale and Structure

Structural engineers always build a small model of the project they undertake. The model construction assists them in determining the materials and time need to put up a stable structure.

This skill is much the same as what you do when building straw structures. By undertaking these STEM projects, you are setting yourself to be among the best structural.


A model is a created representation of an idea or process used by engineers to explain concepts that have not yet put to reality such as a tower. Enging in the STEM scientific projects helps you understand how knowledge develops by offering the first-hand experience of the broad range approaches used to investigate, model and explain to the world things that others do not understand.

Technological Design

STEM projects such as the floating garden is a technological design that changes lives. This concept is used by engineers to enable those affected by adverse climate change to cultivate their crops despite flooding. When you take these projects, your thinking changes and you advance technology in best ways possible.

Structural Engineering

Did you know that building straw structures is more or less same to what structural engineers do?

Structural engineers create the shape and form of buildings you see around. Just as you build your straw tower, these engineers do the same before construction to direct how to construct buildings.

That is one other reason why you should undertake the STEM projects as you will start learning early on the way to design these structures.


When building straw structures, inspections must be made at every juncture of the construction to find out if the structure will stand or topple over. Both weight and position should be observed to determine variables.

If you want to be an engineer, this STEM project gives you early exposure to what it entails to test the structure of the building and structures such as bridges. The testing and observation ensure safety during construction and when put to use.


The analysis is the breaking down of complex information into easy to understand ones.

When taking part in building straw structures, you get materials and instructions on how to use them. Before you start, you need to break down the information provided so that you gain a better understanding. Once the data is better understood, the building of the structure can start and succeed.

4. Math Concepts


In the construction of straw structures, standards are the priority. Getting the measurements right is the only way to success in the building process. The straws used in the constructions must be cut and measured to be equal.

This concept prepares you for real-life construction as the materials used in science and engineering projects must be measured to be proportional.

2-D and 3-D shapes

2-D and 3-D shapes used in STEM projects help you in identifying various forms and verbalize what you see. These shapes concepts are essential for your next lessons in geometry.

Good knowledge of geometry is essential when you become an architect, drafter, or engineer; hence, you should participate in STEM projects.


Fractions are incomplete numerical quantity, that is, a proportion of a total amount. Portions form part of STEM challenges too.

Fraction projects enable you to show your creativity, math skills, and artistic abilities. These abilities are essential in your later career development.

Regular Polygons

A regular polygon is a shape that is equal sides and angles. STEM projects involve folding papers to form objects with a proper figure that you can use in projects such as Area and Perimeter of a City.

Such a project gives you the chance to experience how architects plan cities.

Measuring Angels and Lengths

Without measuring the angles and lengths of your straw structure, it would not be stable enough to withstand gravity.

Measuring concept is used in scientific inventions. Engineers measure angles and lengths to ascertain stability.

Interpreting Data

Information science has become popular, and the ability to analyze and interpret data is essential.

With STEM projects focused on data interpretation, you will develop knowledge, skills, how you think and be a data-enabled expert.

Number System

STEM programs that deals with rational numbers, fractions, and decimal points, will prepare you in taking advanced mathematics in upper grades.


If you want to have fun with Math, then use models in STEM projects involving math. Use string to create shapes and patterns then explore their fractions and divisions.

By doing so, you will get a better understanding of the math concept that otherwise seem hard.

5. Life Skills and Career Links

Art Expressions

Art is essential too in developing career and hence inclusion into STEM. Art helps you in exploring the same subjects but with the addition of creativity to solve real-life problems.

Designing and Technology

With STEM projects such as the building of straw structures, you are better placed to be a designer since you will know what designing entails.

Community Service

Projects such as making food boxes can be an excellent way to learn and give back to your community. You will make the boxes and then donate to local food makers to be used to give food to the needy.

Critical Thinking

The main reason why you should never miss taking part in the STEM project is that it helps you in forming a better judgment and solve problems efficiently no matter the career path you choose.

Computer-Aided Design

STEM projects expose you to designing such as 3-D that uses computer aid. These skills are essential because of the full range of modern computer-aided designs in various industries.

Assessment on Testing Efficiency of Structures

Projects such as the building of straw structures equip you with skills for testing efficiency of structures. The skills are essential for career choice later in life.


To summarize, the concepts listed above shows you why you must take part in STEM projects. These projects form the basis of what you will become in life.


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