To provide a way for students with visual impairments to discover the way in which changing the shape of a material such as newspaper can create a stronger building material, then build a model of a skyscraper using the adapted material.
This activity can be carried out by an individual student or with teams of students. Vision is not required, as the properties of the newspaper can be explored tactually and kinesthetically. Some students may realize that rolling the newspaper into a tube will make it into a strong building material. Others may try folding or pleating the newspaper. Brainstorming with other students may lead to the optimal design for the newspaper and for the building.
This activity is based on a ZOOM Engineering project called the Super Golf Tower used in the Club ZOOM program from 2002.