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.

In order to be stable a structure must what?
It must be strong
It must balance
It must have five legs
It must be made of metal
Some weak structures can stand up, if they are not disturbed. Think of a house of cards
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
What is the minimum number of legs required for a chair to stand up?
1 leg
2 legs
3 legs
4 legs
One-legged and two-legged chairs are unable to balance
How could a square wooden frame be made sturdier?
Use cardboard triangles on the corners
Use strong nails
Paint the corners
Add a dab of glue to each corner
The triangles add their own strength to support the corners
Which frame is the strongest?
The triangle is the strongest frame
What is the purpose of a structure?
To protect objects
To support a load
For climbing on
To be fun
All structures have to support a load, even if it is just their own weight
What do all structures need?
A framework
A framework is what supports a structure
Which is the best method of joining textile and wood?
Sticky tape
Metal tacks
Needle and thread
Metal tacks can be hammered through the material and into the wood
Which of these is NOT used to join paper?
Sticky tape
Paper clips
Metal solder
Solder is used to join metal together, for example metal wires in electronics
Which paper will be strongest?
A flat sheet of paper
A sheet of paper folded in half
A sheet of wet paper
A sheet of paper folded into a concertina
Have you ever made a paper fan? They are much stronger than unfolded paper


Author:  Amanda Swift

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