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STEM Challenge #14- Paper Columns

Today’s Challenge is called Paper Columns.

For this challenge, you will need 3 pieces of paper and a stack of books.

First, make a hypothesis (a guess) about which shape of paper column might hold up the most books. Why do you think so?

Then, fold your papers as seen in the photo.

Next, start to place books on one column at a time. How many does each column hold?

Once you’ve tested each column, report your findings to us. Was your hypothesis correct? Why or why not?

Can you think of any other ways to fold the paper that might hold more books?

Can you think of any buildings you’ve seen that might have the same shaped columns?


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