Critical Load

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Help your class master the important concept of critical load. Pupils work together to build a structure using 12 playing cards. They test the critical load of the structure using pennies or paper clips.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have a contest to see which group can create the strongest structure
Classroom Considerations
  • Activity requires supplies so plan ahead
  • It is helpful if learners have familiarity with structural integrity
  • Provides definitions for relevant terminology
  • Very detailed instructions in teacher's guide
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