Newspaper Tower *
AbstractPredict how tall you can build a tower using only two sheets of newspaper as building material. You can't use tape, glue, staples, or anything else, just two sheets of newspaper. You can tear, bend, cut, or fold the newspaper. Try it out and see how close you can come to your prediction. Can you beat your prediction? As you're building, you may come up with ideas to make a better tower. Try them out! (It's not like the materials are expensive!) Here are some variations you might want to try. Allow yourself 20 cm of tape. How much taller can you make your tower? (No taping the tower to a support. The tape can only be used on the pieces of newspaper themselves.) How would you change your tower design to accommodate wind? (Simulate wind conditions with a small fan to test.) How would you change your tower design to withstand an earthquake? (Simulate by shaking the table.) How would you alter your design to be sure your tower could hold the weight of a pack of chewing gum? (WGBH Staff, 2000)
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BibliographyWGBH Staff, 2000. "Building Big Educator's Guide, Activity: Newspaper Tower" Educational Print and Outreach Department, WGBH Educational Foundation [accessed May 26, 2006] http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/educator/act_tower_ho.html.
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