Wind Resistant Tower Experiment
Equipment Needed: A4 paper (max. 4 sheets)
Tape (Max. 1 ½ metres)
Aim: Create a wind resistant tower that is at least 30cm tall, fit for a weight to be placed on top and to stay standing while lateral force is applied.
- In your group, create a plan for your structure.
- Start building, keeping in mind that it has to be at least 30cm tall and has to be able to hold a 50g weight.
- When you are happy with your design, transport it to your ‘testing area’.
- Place the 50g weight on top of each structure then test them from a distance of 3m using the hairdryer and making sure that it is a ‘fair test’.
- If the structure survives for 10 seconds at 3m without falling over, move it closer to the hairdryer and so on until you find the structure that is the strongest.
Outcome: Our group’s structure stayed standing at 3m, swayed a little bit at 2m but ended up falling over at 1m after lasting for 8 out of 10 seconds.
Rating: I would rate this experiment 4.5 out of 5 stars as it was an enjoyable, hands on learning experience!