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Paper Tower Builds

Paper Towers

Design, prototyping, testing and communication are all requirements of the final test. In a recent assignment, the challenge was to hold the weight of a zero turn mower (1228 pounds) with a small paper tower. Students' designs that that were successful will be subject to supporting the weight of a full-size pickup truck in the near future. 

The students were limited to a sheet and a half of standard paper, or half of a manila folder, one foot of masking tape and a tablespoon of glue. The structure had to be at least 1 ½ inches tall and 3 inches in diameter. 



The knowledge gained from this activity will carry into the next super unit of simple machines and hydraulics. 

Engineering and science CAN be fun!


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