Make your own braced frame
You can experiment with different types of bracing
by making your own 2-D frame.
We made a frame using plastic columns
and a steel base. The beams were connected to the columns
used moving or hinged
joints. The columns were connected to the base with hinged
joints. You can make a similar frame using stiff card and
paper fasteners for the connections.
Without any bracing, the frame cannot resist sideways load
We made some different bracing members to resist the load.
The bracing is connected to the frame using sticky Velcro
tape. The loops are stuck on the frame and the hooks on the
ends of the bracing members (Show
Make your own bracing using stiff card instead of plastic,
and try other ways of
bracing the frame.
Experiment to find out how the different systems work.