With a limited amount of newspapers and masking tape, fourth-graders at the Wood Elementary School in Plainville had to engineer a table that would hold as many dictionaries as possible. The STEM rules were that the table had to stand 12 inches from the floor to the top of the table, have legs, must be freestanding and transportable.

Above: Austin Kanaby, left, measures the height of his team's newspaper table. Although it met the height requirements after a couple of dictionaries placed on top it , the table quickly accordioned to the floor, disqualifying it. Helping out is Owen Maw.

Below left: Haleigh Ricci, left, gingerly places a seventh dictionary on top of her team's newspaper table. Their table won the classroom competition. In center is Jathai Sanchez and at right is Bridget Scott.

Below right: Bridget Gero, Jordan Host, Noah Fernandes and Cormac Janssen test out their newspaper table.

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