Science Mission: Recreate the Eiffel Tower!

Make the Eiffel Tower - an engineering activity for kids

Recreate the Eiffel Tower!

Your mission is to create your own version of this iconic Parisian landmark and we’ve provided all the instructions and a template and here’s what you’ll need:

  • Black card (or recycle a cereal box and use that)
  • PVA glue
  • Wool
  • A plastic cup
  • A lolly stick
  • Some paper clips
  • A drinking straw
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • A ruler
  • Some sticky tape

If you want to make a sparkly night time version of the Tower you’ll also need some glitter, beads and/or sequins.

Did you know?

Science might have saved the Eiffel Tower! What do we mean by that? Well, the Tower wasn’t so popular at the time of construction. 300 local artists and writers publicly declared their hatred of the now world-famous Tower but Gustave Eiffel had a plan right from the beginning – to make the tower a place of scientific research as well as a monument. Over the years, research conducted there has might surprise you. During World War I, the French army used the Tower as a giant ear to intercept radio messages, which even resulted in the arrest of one of the war’s most famous and notorious spies. Other areas of research conducted at the tower include meteorology and aerodynamics – two subjects that Eiffel was keen to pursue. His contributions to our understanding of both are significant!

What we may never know is what came first – his desire to preserve the Tower, or his own curiosity. What do you think?

Good luck! And don’t forget to post a picture on our Facebook page? We’d love to see how you get on!

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