How much mass can a paper pillar hold? Our grade 3's know the answer!
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In our continued research of testing materials, student are discovering the importance of structural design. The students were given an important challenge to discover which could hold more mass - one large support pillar in the center of a base, or four smaller pillars located at the base's corners. Although some students hypothesized that the larger pillar would be stronger due to its size, they soon found out the importance of stability and weight dispersion given by four pillars!
So how much can a few paper pillars hold? We were surprised to find out - A WHOLE LOT! (Up to 5kg in fact!)
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