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Simple, versatile and accessible. Beams and Trays can be used for unlimited engineering projects. From weight-bearing challenges, to urban planning and architecture, to proportion and geometry these instruction pages help teach foundational engineering skills with just paper and tape. Our approach teaches students engineering skills through versatile shapes that empower hands-on understanding of STEAM concepts and paper-based creativity.


Techniques are the core of the Engineering with Paper methodology. The Paper Beams and Trays used in this packet are two of the many Techniques in our library. To see the entire library of Technique pages check out the Packet of Technique Pages or the Everything Bundle (for all projects and Technique Pages). Check out our Build a Home Packet for a more guided Beams and Trays project that includes additional Technique Pages for Furniture, Basic Shapes and Accessories. 


No printer? No problem! You can follow all instructions on-screen with regular copy paper. 

If printing, we recommend printing your packet without scaling. Pages are sized to 8.5" x 11".



- Overview page with suggested challenges and project ideas

- Step-by-step instructions for building Paper Beams and Trays


Additional Supplies Needed:

Paper, scissors, tape, markers (optional)

Structures: Paper Beams with Trays

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