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Reduce, Re-use, Recycle (so…how about some fun too…)

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Cereal Box Bridge

Cereal Box Bridge

Whoever said that bridges need to be made of concrete and steel to span two points? Of course, civil engineering students get to build bridges with toothpicks or Popsicle sticks to test how well they were listening during their lectures. However, during one weekend in 2003, two enterprising house mates of my better half chose to build a similar structure with cardboard, empty cereal boxes no less. Neither participant was an engineering student. In fact, one is now a medical doctor. The other, an occupational therapist.

The following is the result of their handiwork for posterity:

Building Material

Building Material

prototype arch

prototype arch

first arch

first arch

underside

underside

No cereal boxes were donated. The building material came from less than one year’s consumption of cereal. On that note, the profit margins of cereal makers most likely fell when the members of this household graduated and moved out.

Honorary mentions need to be made for those members of the household who consumed the contents of the building material.

All materials were recycled shortly after the bridge was completed and pictures were taken.

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