BUILD A STURDY SHELF!
Engineers and geoscientists work to protect the public, and that includes building structures and making sure that they are safe for us to use. Civil engineers design and inspect the structural drawings to see if they will be able to hold certain amounts of weight and stand up to extreme weather events. Engineers have “shake tables” that they can use to model what will happen to a building during an earthquake. Geoscientists play a role in making sure that the ground is safe to build on.
Create a structure out of only paper and tape that can hold 3 cans of soup (hint: try rolling the paper into tubes) and make sure it can stand up to wind and unstable surfaces.
Create a video showcasing the design and function of your shelf structure. Tell us about what obstacles you faced when you began building and how you improved your design and overcame these obstacles. This shows us your design thinking skills.
Upload this video to YouTube and email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Paper Shelf Structure. In the email include the link to the video, as well as your name, age and school.
You should use objects you can find around the house to build your project (some examples are below).
We recommend that you test out your structure by seeing what happens when you put it in front of a fan, or a door moving back and forth quickly to create a breeze. You can place it on a table and shake the table to create your own earthquake simulator.
You can use these or any other types of paper and tape you find around your house to work with
- Scotch tape
- Duct tape
- Tissue paper
- Construction paper
- Washi tape
We will be picking our favorite, most creative video to be our winner of the week – you will receive a prize pack full of goodies!
DEADLINE TO ENTER CONTEST: April 9th, 2020