Paper folded into a concertina is strong.


D and T is all about making things, and one aspect of that taught to children in KS2 is how structures can be made strong and stable by using different strengthening and joining techniques. This quiz addresses that topic and investigates shapes, materials and other factors in a strong structure's makeup.

Structures include buildings, towers and bridges, and all of these must be strong and stable so that they don't fall down. Some structures in the world have been around for thousands of years and have been built to last. The Egyptian pyramids are a good example. What techniques can we use when making a structure so that it will be as strong and as stable as the pyramids?

Find out some techniques for making buildings sturdier by playing this quiz.

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  1. Which of these is NOT used to join paper?
    Solder is used to join metal together, for example metal wires in electronics
  2. What is the purpose of a structure?
    All structures have to support a load, even if it is just their own weight
  3. Which frame is the strongest?
    The triangle is the strongest frame
  4. In order to be stable a structure must what?
    Some weak structures can stand up, if they are not disturbed. Think of a house of cards
  5. How could a square wooden frame be made sturdier?
    The triangles add their own strength to support the corners
  6. What is the flat shape that can be folded to make a box called?
    A net has six squares joined together. When it's folded these squares become the faces of the cube
  7. Which is the best method of joining textile and wood?
    Metal tacks can be hammered through the material and into the wood
  8. Which paper will be strongest?
    Have you ever made a paper fan? They are much stronger than unfolded paper
  9. What is the minimum number of legs required for a chair to stand up?
    One-legged and two-legged chairs are unable to balance
  10. What do all structures need?
    A framework is what supports a structure

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