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  1. The introductory scenario helped the students get into this activity. They had a hard time understanding how they were supposed to make a sturdy structure out of a piece of paper. We had to nudge them towards folding the paper and explaining that when there are more layers of a material it becomes stronger. This seemed to help, but others used a lot of tape (tape was unlimited). Another problem we ran into was the students thought of make a basket-type thing for the books instead of making something to put underneath the book to prop it up. Many of the structure failed in testing, but this just meant we had a lot more to talk about when we talked about redesigning. We did this activity with a class of 2nd graders.