Strong Newspaper Structures | Design Squad

Strong Newspaper Structures | Design Squad


Hi, I’m Talia from
Design Squad Global.
We’re at an engineering event
in the WGBH studios in the Boston Public Library. We have to build a structure
out of newspaper that can hold as many books
as possible. We can only use tape, one piece of cardboard, and ten sheets of newspaper. Our newspaper structures have to
be at least eight inches tall. We’ll work in teams,
and we’ll have 45 minutes to design and build. And then we’ll see whose
newspaper structure can hold the most books
without collapsing. All right, let’s get to work! Our plan is basically to make
a box that’s eight inches high and that has a bunch of supports
in it. These are the pillars,
these are the supports that connect the pillars,
and then we’re going to put the book on top of the box. How many newspapers do you think it’s going to take to make one of the pillars
that’s supporting the books? – Maybe around two sheets of
newspaper, maybe? We’re planning out where to put our paper so we can make
the strongest structure we can. – Instead of the books balancing by themselves, we’re going to
have our design hanging. It’s kind of like
a hanging basket. And the books will be here,
pushing down. – We did our first test,
but it was a bit wobbly. The legs wouldn’t hold up
that well. We definitely need to build more
supports like… We’re going to have it like a
triangle shape on each side. Triangles are stronger because
it’s harder for them to lose their shape. That should help keep these legs
from sliding. – You should roll it up and tape
it and then attach it. TALIA: We’re going to have
enough supports to support one thing on the top, like that. Because it’s like twisting,
this way… because this is like dangling
out… – So we do more for support! TALIA: Yeah, we need a square
around the bottom. – We’re putting a column
in the middle to help strengthen the middle. – 30 seconds left! – (laugh): Ah, 30 seconds! Five, four, three, two… …one! TALIA: All right,
our 45 minutes are up. And now it’s time to test. If we could do this again,
I’d try to use a stronger beam on the side because it’s kind of
flimsy– it got ripped. – This is where it fell. It sort of twisted right here
and just fell over. But I’m happy with it overall. (applause) – Seven, eight… …ten… – Now we need more books. TALIA: Ooh, careful when you
pass them. Ahh… – Ten books! (applause) TALIA: Next time, what I would
probably do differently is, first, kind of make sure
the columns are straight– and because these are kind of
pulling into the middle– and then reinforce it because we
kind of did it really quickly. Our design is a little bit
different than everybody else’s. Our design used tension instead
of compression. We’re not going to use
the table. We’re going to use a stand. This as many books as our design
can hold. Okay, we’re the last group
and it’s time to test. That’s one book. – 21… 22… 23… Get it up there. Don’t let it down. (surprised shouts) (applause) (cheering) – In the end, our structure
was able to hold 23 books. – I think the reason it was so
strong is because the weight was really well distributed throughout the four
main pillars, which were also supported
by the crossbeams. Many libraries hold engineering
events like this one. Check out the events calendar
at your local public library to see what activities
you can participate in. (surprised shouts) (cheers and applause)

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