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Paper Towel Strength

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Paper Towel Strength

In this activity, learners will test the strength of different brands of paper towels. Collect and analyze data to determine the strongest product, just as scientists and engineers collect data to answer questions and solve problems. This activity uses low cost materials and can be done at home. Activity includes step-by-step instructions with data collection sheet.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

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Materials List (per student)

  • Glass
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper towels of different brands* (as many as you want to test)
  • Pipettes (or a straw)
  • Water
  • Pennies (or marbles or another small weight)
  • Strength Worksheet (attached)
  • Pencil


  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process


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