How to Test The Strength of Shapes

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In this activity, learners explore the strength of different shapes. Fold paper into triangles, squares, and other shapes, then experiment with how much weight they can hold. This activity includes step-by-step instructions, suggested questions to ask young learners, and a brief discussion of forces on shapes in engineering and nature.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

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Materials List (per student)

  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Books for weight


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process


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