To make the strongest chair possible using newspapers.
YOU WILL NEED
30 full broad newspaper sheets (63cm x 60cm) -- The Edmonton
Journal or Calgary Herald are examples of broadsheet newspapers.
Do not use tabloid style newspapers like the Edmonton and Calgary
Sun. Discard half sheets (31.5cm x 30cm). *Note: Collect
newspapers early. Try recycling depots or ask students to save
newspapers from home. Local print media may be willing to donate
Weights -- Use anything stackable. Paper chairs
may hold more than it seems. All weights used must be weighed
and recorded. Suggestions: Bricks or concrete blocks
(try local hardware stores), heavy books, large containers,
or pop and milk bottles filled with water, or ideas of your
own. Once again, have students collect items in advance, and
have an abundant supply.
Bathroom scale -- Or equivalent.
Masking tape -- 1 roll per team (18mm x 55m)
*Optional: Plywood boards (approximately 45cm
x 45cm, 12mm thick) -- Place on seat to help hold and stack
Students may cut newspaper any way they wish. The seat of
the chair must be a minimum of 25 cm off the ground. Students
have one hour to complete the project. Have students
test the amount of weight their chairs will hold. Using combinations,
add weight on seat in increments. If desired, place plywood
on seat to help stack weight. Continue to add weight (and plywood)
until chair reaches limit. Do not overload. The chair may be
strong enough to seat a classmate or teacher. If so, it must
bear full weight of person (feet off the floor).