The Newspaper Table Challenge

Newspaper Table

THE WINNING TEAM

  • GEOFFREY POTTS, Senior, Mechanical Engineering Major
  • JACOB HAEGELE, Engineering Grad Student
  • TRAVIS PAUTLER, Senior, Aviation Science Major

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

Students were given the following challenge: Design and build a table out of newspaper to support a paper ream. They were not allowed to open or damage the paper ream. The winner was determined based on the height from the base of the table.

KEY TAKE-AWAYS

The Newspaper Table Challenge teaches the students to effectively collaborate in a team setting, manage products to the final delivery. Students had to use the materials to build their tables, then had to test it by carefully setting something heavy on it. When they tested, often their designs did not work as planned. This teaches them that if things don’t work out, it’s an opportunity - not a mistake! When engineers solve a problem, they try different ideas, learn from mistakes, and try again. Study the problems and then redesign.

 

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