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Tower Challenge tests students' engineering skills

7:18 AM, Mar. 8, 2013
Parkview students test strength of balsa wood in T...
Parkview students test strength of balsa wood in T...: Eighth-graders at Ashwaubenon’s Parkview Middle School see how much weight towers made of balsa wood hold during the school's Tower Challenge Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
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Eighth-graders at Parkview Middle School put their engineering knowledge to the test this week when they attempted to place the equivalent of their own weight on tiny towers constructed out of balsa wood.

About 270 students built 30-inch towers using less than 2 ounces of wood and household glue. They tested the strength of their work Tuesday by piling weights on top. The heaviest weight in the competition was about 180 pounds, crushing a past record of about 150 pounds.

"It's kind of interesting to see how the towers turn out," said Matt Woicek, a transportation engineer with Eau ...

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