Foam core Tower Project

PHOTOS FROM FALL, 2008
Michael DiGiacomo, highest weight, 135 lbs



Concept:

To construct a tower (15 inches or higher) using foam core strips. The design / structure must hold 70 lbs or more. This project involves engineering, physics, weight distribution, and structural integrity. Which design can hold the most weight??


Materials:

-Foam core, (1) 20 x 30 inch sheet
-Ruler / Straight edge for marking and cutting straight lines and scoring
-Wood Glue or Elmers Glue
-Razor knife or Box cutter


Approach:

Divide your foam core into 4 even pieces. Cut each piece into ¼ inch strips. Research architectural designs. sketch out your ideas. Experiment with other materials. For example you may make a cardboard model of your idea to explore a variety of designs. Begin to build your tower.

Rules:

The tower must be at least 15 inches high
The base must be 7.5 inches square
You may only use glue for fabrication
Make sure the top is flat and level (this will make it easier to apply weights to the design)

Grading:

Concept
-Did you follow the project rules and concepts?
Creativity
-Originality, problem solving, developed idea
Completion
-Does the project seem complete, developed/evolved, and well executed?
Weight
-How much weight does your design hold?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would this hold much weight??