Top Builder: Paper Structures | Design Squad

Top Builder: Paper Structures | Design Squad


Hi! I’m Deysi
from Design Squad Global. Today, I’m challenging you
to design and build something super strong out of
a material that can be weak. And that material is… paper! If you take a sheet of paper
and you try to stand it up… it’s difficult. But if you make a simple fold… ta-da, it stands! Paper can be really weak. But, if you change its shape,
it can be really strong. Now I’m going to show you
different ways that you can change the shape
of paper to make it strong. You can use
these building techniques to design and build
your own paper structure. Folding the paper
makes it stronger. One fold, however,
won’t support this book. See? The paper collapses. But if you have
multiple folds… …like this fan… See? The reason why the folded paper
can support the book is because the weight is spread
out over layers of paper. Cylinders are
another great shape to use when you’re building with paper. Cylinders are strong enough. They can support
the weight of the book. But they can
also support more weight, such as this plant. See? Cylinders are
really strong. You know the funny thing? (laughing) The cylinder is also made up
of layers of paper and can support the weight
of the flower pot since it’s spread out
over those layers of paper. In order to make
a paper cylinder, you’re going to roll it
really, really tight and make sure that it’s flat at
the top and flat at the bottom. To make it even stiffer,
you can always add another sheet of paper
on the outside and do the same process again. Paper cylinders are really
strong under compression. That means that they can hold
a lot of weight when the force is being applied
at the top and the bottom. In this case, my hand is pushing
down on the cylinders and the table is pushing up. This means that the cylinders
are being compressed. Next time you’re walking around, look for all the cylindrical
columns that are used as supports
in buildings. Here’s another shape that will
make weak paper stronger. Triangles. Triangles are a stronger shape
than rectangles because it’s harder
for them to lose their shape. See how easy it is
to smoosh the rectangle? (paper crinkling) The triangle keeps its shape. This structure uses
lots of triangles. This is a desk organizer. See? I have lots of triangles
going down this front part. Right in the middle is where
you would stack paper or books. The cool thing
about this organizer is, if I remove these cylinders
right in the middle… it can collapse
and take up less room. So, there you have it! A desk organizer
made entirely of paper. Use these different ways
to change the shape of paper to build and design
your own paper structure. The only materials
we want you to use are regular paper and tape. And go easy on the tape. Take a picture
of your paper structure, and send your design ideas to
the Design Squad Global website. We can’t wait to see them. ♪ ♪

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