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Straw Tower

Description: This is a competition in which each team (2 people) is attempting to build the strongest I

straw tower. Each team will construct a tower using only the 50 drinking straws and 20 straight pins (or a length of masking tape).

Number of Participants: 2 per team

Approximate Time: 30 minutes

The Competition: "

l. The tower must be constructed using only the drinking straws and straight pins furnished. The straws can be interconnected directly or through the use of pins; however no other form of fastening devices such as tape or glue may be used. Do not bend the pins into hooks. Straws may be cut or slit, it desired, and they may be bent in any manner desired.

2. The height of the tower will be measured before the loading process begins. To quality the tower must be at least 30 cm high at the loading point.

3. The top of the tower must accommodate a loading block that is 5 crn x 5 cm. The stu-

dent must be able to balance the block (horizontally) on the tower at the loading point for the tower to quality.

Scoring will be based on the following: Height in centimeters times 2. Add to that figure the mass supported in grams. Greatest score wins.