## Assemble a Paper Building (Math)

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### Introduction

Students will construct a Paper Tower using the concept of a "Post and Lintel" structure. Students will pair up and build a tower using two different types of "Posts" (Rectangular and Cylinder) and their math textbook as the "Lintel."

Students will find the Area and Surface Area of the two basic shapes: Rectangle (Rectangular) and Circle (Cylinder), respectively. They will analyze these basic shapes by understanding the basic fundamental components of how a building is made. Students will become familiar with the terms Compression, Tension, Post, Lintel, Area, and Surface Area.

3 Class period
50 Minutes

### Industries / Subjects / Grades

##### Industries / Pathways
• Engineering & Architecture
• Engineering Technology
• Engineering Design
• Architectural Design
• Environmental Engineering
• Information and Communication Technologies
• Networking
• Mathematics
• Geometry
• 9
• 10
• 11
• 12

### Standards and Objectives

#### Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

• Students will be able to find the Area of a Rectangle and Circle. Students will extend their knowledge of an Area to finding the Surface Area of these shapes.
• Students will fabricate a strong and tall paper building using the "Post and Lintel" concept.
• Students will describe the advantages and disadvantages between the two "Post" shapes.
• Students will predict the weak point of a post when constructing the post (if any).

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