Can Paper Hold Your Weight Engineering Science Experiment
In this fun and easy engineering science experiment, we’re going to see if paper can hold your weight.
- Large round can
- Rubber bands
- Masking or duct tape
- Small board big enough to stand on
- Cut a strip of cardboard about 4 inches by 12 inches.
- Wrap the cardboard around the can.
- Secure the cardboard with the rubber bands.
- Tape the cardboard together so it stays securely in place.
- Now remove the can and place the board on top of the cardboard circle.
- Carefully step on top of the board.
- The cardboard circle will hold your weight.
How it Works:
The cylinder shape of the cardboard ring you created is incredibly strong because it disperses stress evenly throughout the entire cylinder shape. This is called load distribution. Engineers think about load distribution when they design and build structures such as buildings and bridges to avoid collapses and structural failures.
Make This A Science Project:
Create different shapes like triangles and squares. Try getting the cardboard wet. Try shorter and taller cardboard cylinders.