Earlier this year our guy engaged in a school-based challenge: how tall a free-standing structure can you build using only one sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ paper and tape?
As Spring Break approached, he had a burst of inspiration. “Mommy! I think I have a better idea!”
So he spent several hours and multiple attempts testing his idea, explaining to me why triangles are strong and measuring his results against his previous best effort:
I’d also told him about a challenge that had been used in New Jersey’s Physics Olympics a while back, in which students are asked to see how far past the edge of a table they can get a penny to hang over, using only other pennies as support. This resulted in another multi-hour commitment: