Build a High Dive

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Can't build a cantilever? You'll be able to after a hands-on, constructive activity. Young engineers build cantilevers out of straws and tape. The finished products must be able to hang off a table as far as possible.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Show pupils pictures of cantilevers as a reference
  • Have a contest to see which group can build the cantilever of the greatest length
Classroom Considerations
  • A large number of straws (approximately 1,000) is necessary for the activity
  • Provides definitions of relevant vocabulary
  • Includes questions to facilitate discussion
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