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Paper Tower Challenge Engineering

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We can… Identify which designs can and cannot withstand the self-weight of the newspaper tower as well as a lateral wind load. Explain how their towers worked to withstand the self-weight and lateral wind load

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The Plan Create as tall a tower as possible with only paper, scissors and tape. You will have a time limit of 15 minutes for preliminary building and 10 minutes for the final build.

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Real World Application Your task mirrors the challenges that engineers are given in the real world—with objectives, requirements and constraints such as budgets, material limitations and deadlines. When you are brainstorming about your design approach in your teams, think about the real skyscrapers you have seen as inspiration. What are their shapes? What are their foundations like?

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Ideas

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Vocab buckling: When a column fails by bending at some point in the height of the column, usually towards the midpoint caused by a vertical force. lateral force: A force that impacts a structure horizontally (that is, wind and earthquakes). lateral force: A force that impacts a structure horizontally (that is, wind and earthquakes). deflection : The amount a structure bends or moves from its "at rest" position.

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Think Pair Share Explain how your towers worked to resist the "wind" load. What designs did and did not work and why that was so? Vocab: Lateral Force Deflection Buckling

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