Models in Technology and Science by Bernie Zubrowski.
Structures with drinking straws and paper clips student meet the challenge of building a model house with drinking straws and paper clips. They test their houses to determine how much weight it can hold before it collapses. The findings from this first challenge are applied to building bridges and towers with same kind of materials. An inquiry is carried out on different truss designs. These projects provide a context for introducing the concepts of force, tension, compression and static equilibrium.