How to Make a First Simple Tensegrity Structure

Make tensegrity structures with dowels and rubber bands to learn about tension.

How to Make  a First Simple Tensegrity Structure
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Gather all necessary materials.

Gather all necessary materials.

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We’ll first try to make a simple tensegrity structure, a wheel.

We’ll first try to make a simple tensegrity structure, a wheel.

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Get 6 small dowels and 12 rubber bands.

Get 6 small dowels and 12 rubber bands.

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Group the dowels into twos and tie them together at the top and bottom with a colored rubber band

Group the dowels into twos and tie them together at the top and bottom with a colored rubber band

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Put the tied dowels side by side vertically. Getting another 4 rubber bands, connect all the dowels together to make a 3-step ladder.

Put the tied dowels side by side vertically. Getting another 4 rubber bands, connect all the dowels together to make a 3-step ladder.

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Tie the paired dowels together like this.

Tie the paired dowels together like this.

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The 3 step ladder should look like this.

The 3 step ladder should look like this.

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Twist the dowels so that they all intersect in the middle. See that the dowels form a wheel shape? Use 2 more rubber bands to complete the shape!

Twist the dowels so that they all intersect in the middle. See that the dowels form a wheel shape? Use 2 more rubber bands to complete the shape!

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Now you have made your first tensegrity structure!

Now you have made your first tensegrity structure!

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