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Simulated Hurricanes in 5th Grade Science

In Distance Learning Science, students were given the task of constructing a building out of paper and masking tape that would support a tennis ball at least six inches above desk level. After construction, their "high-rise" needed to survive a simulated hurricane (aka our classroom fan)! The materials used were ten or fewer sheets of 9 x 13 paper and a meter of masking tape. The winning hurricane high-rise survived low, medium and high speeds of our simulation device for more than 20 seconds.

The winning structure shown here was designed and assembled by Christopher J., KC B. and Carter H..