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This activity from George Hart contains information on how to build tensegrity structures that are based on the Platonic solids, from straws, rubber bands, and paper clips.  Step-by-step instructions, illustrated by numerous photographs, are provided.  These structures are similar to some of the sculptures by Kenneth Snelson.
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Restriction: © 1997 George W. Hart
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Keywords: Compression, Tension, engineer, structural engineering, structure, tensegrity structure
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