Textbook Support Challenge

This Textbook Support Challenge activity & project also includes:

Textbooks are heavier than a sheet of paper, so how can paper hold up a textbook? Young engineers create a structure out of paper that can support a textbook. To add another wrinkle, they must stay within budget and time constraints.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have a contest to see which structure can hold the most weight
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils must know how to calculate costs
  • Each individual or group requires 10 sheets of paper and 10 inches of tape
Pros

  • Instructions include diagrams of possible setups
  • Describes engineering and science connections for the project
Cons

  • None