If you are having trouble with this project, please read the FAQ below. You may find the answer to your question.
Q: Can I use materials not listed in the Materials section?
A: If you are doing this project for a science fair or just for fun, you can use whatever materials you want. If you want to enter the 2021 Fluor Engineering Challenge, you can only use the items listed in the Materials section.
Q: Can I use other tools?
A: To keep the competition fair, you can only use the tools listed in the Materials section.
Q: Am I allowed to cut the paper?
A: Yes, you are allowed to cut the paper. However, remember that the material costs are not prorated. If you cut a sheet of paper in half and only use half of it, you must still count the entire sheet of paper when calculating your score.
Q: I used and then discarded some paper while testing different designs. Does the discarded paper get subtracted from my final score?
A: No, only the paper that is used in your final design is included in your final score.
Q: Can I do multiple tries for the official test?
A: Yes. You can test your tower (and keep making it taller) as many times as you want, but you can only submit one score.
Q: My tower collapsed when I put the can on top. Can I fix it?
A: Yes, you can repair your tower and try again.
Q: My tower started to collapse or buckle when I put the can on top, but it did not collapse. Can I straighten it out before I measure the height of the can?
A: No, you must measure the final height to the bottom of the can. However, you can fix the tower and start over with a new 1-minute test.
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