STEM sLAB | Timber Joey with engineering skills to have paper hold up a book

Introducing STEM sLABs presented by Daimler Trucks North America! Each week, Timber Joey tries at-home activities using STEM concepts. This week Timber Joey uses his engineering skills to make a piece of paper hold up a book! 

What you’ll need: 

  • A few sheets of paper
  • Tape
  • A few paperback books


  • The first shape to make is a circle. Grab a piece of paper and a few pieces of tape. Lay the paper flat on your table, then roll the paper so that one edge touches the other. Then tape the two edges together.
  • Next make a triangle. Grab a second piece of paper and a few more pieces of tape. Fold your paper into three equal sections. Tape the two edges together.
  • Finally make a square. Grab your last piece of paper and more tape. Fold your paper into four equal sections. Then tape the edges together.
  • Stand all three shapes up on your table. Now start stacking books on each shape one at a time. Which shape holds the most weight?

Try on your own to make more shapes. Maybe use different types of paper! Share a picture of your structure that holds the most weight and tag us! Use the hashtag #STEMsLAB. We can’t wait to see what you can engineer!