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Powerful Paper Pillars

Powerful Paper Pillars

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You will need:

  • Cardboard tube from toilet paper or kitchen paper
  • A4 paper
  • Ruler
  • Tape and scissors
  • Books

What to do:

1. Roll a piece of paper around the cardboard tube and tape it to itself. Now remove the cardboard tube – the structure will be made from paper only!

2. Lay your paper tube horizontally on the table and add some books on top, one book at a time. How many can it hold before it collapses?

3. Make another tube as before. This time, place your tube vertically, standing on a flat surface.

4. Begin adding books. How many can it hold before it collapses?

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