STEM students at Secaucus Middle School were challenged to construct a free-standing structure from only a 12x24 inch sheet of paper and 3 yards of tape to see how much weight it cold support. Students learned about structural integrity and practiced incremental goal setting for the amount of weight their structure could hold. They were excited to push just a little bit further as they achieved each goal, expanding their comfort zones and self-efficacy in the process. The sturdiest structures supported over 300 pounds -- all with just paper, tape, and some great engineering!
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