Paper chairs

Seventh grade (left) and eighth grade (right) students display their chairs made for their STEM program. Students were challenged to make the chairs entirely out of old newspapers.

Under the direction of math instructor Derek Robison, seventh grade and eighth grade students worked in groups to create chairs out of old newspapers. The paper chair project utilizes all areas of STEM and challenges students to use each subject to make a successful end product.

“The program is through the University of Iowa and the students in the program are identified as being gifted within the four areas of STEM — science, technology, engineering and math,” Robison states.

Both grade levels utilized rolling newspapers into columns to create a sturdy structure for the chair’s base and using tape to keep the rolls together. The project took an estimated time of five hours for completion, with multiple weight tests involved during the creation period with hopes the chair would hold the weight.