Structures Lessons

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 Structures
Box Towers trailer
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Box Towers — Discover how to stack cardboard 12 feet tall without climbing on anything. This relates to structures, center of gravity, and teamwork. Difficulty: Easy
Destructive Testing trailer
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Destructive Testing — Students tear, twist, cut, smash, and bend stuff until it breaks. This relates to properties of matter and material strength. Difficulty: Easy
Samson's Columns Trailer
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Samson's Columns Trailer
Samson's Columns — See how much weight you can support with a single sheet of paper. This relates to column strength, balance, compression test, teamwork, sharing, utilizing shared knowledge (they see what others did and try to improve on that). Difficulty: Easy
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Sunken Rafts image Watch trailer.Sunken Rafts -- Make all shapes of boats out of aluminum foil and see how much weight it takes to sink them. This relates to weight, density, displacement of water, and buoyancy. Difficulty: Easy

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