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How paper and glue can create a strong surface
The Bombardier Aerospace Company in Belfast produces fuselages for aeroplanes. A group of children visit the factory to learn about the manufacturing process. It begins with careful design work and depends on using the right kind of materials, such as aluminium, which is very light. The pupils find out that even paper strips, when stuck together in a certain way to form a honeycomb effect, can beccome very strong. It is important for designers to understand the qualities of the materials they use.
Use this clip to stimulate ideas for class investigation of the strength of materials. Experiment by combining simple materials to make stronger ones, as illustrated in the film, and devise tests for measuring the strength of the finished products. This subject can lead to other areas of study in technology, employability and maths.
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