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Strong Shapes


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Strong Shapes

Is a square stronger than a triangle? Use tongue depressors to build simple shapes. Then apply a little weight to them and see what happens! This activity comes with useful tips for building the shapes, like how to drill the wood without cracking it, and what drill works best.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • tongue depressors
  • brads
  • string
  • scissors
  • hand drill
  • drill bits

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
      • Construction
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts
  • Outdoor Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Science Museum of Minnesota, ©1995

Funding Sources:

  • Unisys
  • Science Learning Network
  • National Science Foundation

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