|EVENT:|| PAPER TOWER CONTEST|
|LEVEL:|| SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL|
|TYPE OF CONTEST:|| TEAM|
|COMPOSITION OF TEAM:|| 2 STUDENTS PER TEAM|
|NUMBER OF TEAMS|| 3 TEAMS PER CENTER|
OVERVIEW: To build the tallest free-standing tower possible from a single sheet of paper.
MATERIALS:All materials supplied by Host Center.
- one piece of 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper
- one piece of 1/2 -inch x 1-foot scotch tape
- Each tower must be constructed from the paper and tape supplied by the Host Center. No other materials or substitutions are allowed.
- Contestants have a 45-minute period in which to construct their towers. Any modifications made to tower after the allotted 45-minute period will disqualify the tower. Late arriving students may enter the contest at any time after the 45-minute period has begun, however, they must stop when everyone else stops. No extra time will be allotted to late starters.
- Each tower must be free-standing; it must not be attached to, or lean against any other surface (e.g. floor, wall, desk, etc.)
- Towers must stand for 10 seconds.
- Towers, whether standing straight/erect or sagging/curved, will be measured from base to highest vertical point. Towers that curve or sag may not be straightened and then measured; they will be measured to the highest vertical point while sagging or curving.
- Towers will be judged only once. In case of a tie, the shorter construction time will determine the winning team. You must notify the judge when construction of your tower is completed. Then your tower will be judged and measured.
- All contestants will start at the same time.
- First Place: Tallest tower is completed.
- Second Place: Next tallest tower.
- Third Place: Next tallest tower.
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Prof. Alice Agogino.
Last updated: 7 June 1997.