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Newspaper Engineering

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  • Newspapers
  • Masking Tape
  1. Roll a newspaper sheet into a tube and secure with tape.
  2. Experiment with other ways to shape your newspaper sheets. (For example: fold accordion style, crumple into a ball, etc.)
  3. Use tape to attach your newspaper shapes together to form a structure.
  4. What can you build? Try following the Engineering Design Process.

Age Adjustments
  • Younger Children:
    • Suggest structures to build, like a house for a doll, a garage for a car, or a skyscraper.
    • Practice counting by asking how many tubes they used to create their structure.
  • Older Children:
    • Try building a replica of a famous structure, like the Eiffel Tower or the Parthenon.
    • Present a challenge to complete: Who can build the tallest tower? Can you build a structure that holds a book 12 inches off the ground? Can you build a structure that you fit inside?

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