Paper Tower Directions

Baltimore Construction Company memo.doc

This is a memo to all engineers in the Baltimore Construction Company soliciting scale models for a proposed skyscraper. Models are to be built from paper and tape. The bottom of the page has a testing rubric. Towers are tested with a simulated hurricane (a fan), a simulated airplane strike (a paper airplane collision), and an earthquake (dropping a heavy object next to the tower).

Materials: paper (textbook covers work great since publishers send boxes of them to the guidance office), tape, scissors

Paper Towers PowerPoint

paper towers.jpg

This is a picture of several student built paper towers.

Materials: paper (textbook covers work great since publishers send boxes of them to the guidance office), tape, scissors

Stopping Distances Lab Directions

stopping distance lab.doc

Students release crash carts from the tops of ramps and measure how far they go before they stop. They then have to practice making unit conversions with the data they took. When they learn to graph they use this data to make their first real graph.

Materials: crash carts (matchbox cars would work), ramps (I prop up pieces of plywood, it doesn's matter what you use), metersticks