Improbable Contest?

Aim:  To bear the most weight.

Method:   Make a table, at least two inches high, out of a page from a telephone book and 11 3/4 inches of masking tape.

Reward:  A three month membership to the Diyode Community Workshop, here at 71 Wyndham St S., Unit B, where do-it-yourselfers make all sorts of awesome things!

This was the challenge at the Ignite 3 event last week, held at the Guelph Youth Music Centre.

Ignite events are an opportunity for people to share their knowledge and passions with a short talk in front of an interested audience.  The topics cover a spectrum of ideas, and are delivered with enthusiasm and professionalism.  All of the events have been a great success, and the talks have been most fascinating. Here is a link to the web site:

As a part of the evening, Diyode has been asked to contribute a Maker contest as part of the get-to-know-you discussions before the event and at the intermission.  At this last event, the seeming frailty of telephone book paper for the contest was part of the fun.

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Everyone got the same materials, and was given as long as they wanted to complete their table.







Weights were balanced on top of each submitted table, one at a time, until the table collapsed.








The total weight for each table was recorded.   They went from 1 pound 14 ounces upward.

This  range of tables submitted showed very promising ideas.


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This table withstood 4 pounds, 4.4 ounces…



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…from this pile of items.







Here is the victorious table, and the load of 4 pounds, 12.9 ounces it carried.

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Here is the design – a mighty tube.   It looks crumpled, because this was after its victory.holdingwinner









Congratulations to Vlad for his winning design!  Vlad received a gift boxed three month membership to our makerspace, the Diyode Community Workshop.  We hope to see you soon!

Thank you to all who participated, and to Ignite for hosting a terrific evening!




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