Engineers have created a giant origami version that can carry an adult (pictured). Unlike the small handmade boats crafted from a single piece of folded paper, the giant version was made using glue and sticky tap to make the lake-worthy vessel, which measures (12ft) 3.6 metres long The boat, created by pupils from Tottenham University College, weighs 100kg and was created using 100 litres of glue.
It was steered along the lake by mechanical engineer Morwenna Wilson, a direct descendant of Isambard Kingdom Brunel who is the creator of the Great Western Railway.
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Countless numbers of children have marvelled at how a homemade boat made of folded paper can float on water.
And now engineers have created a giant origami version that can carry an adult.
Unlike the simple toy that’s constructed using a single piece of paper, they also used glue and sticky tape to create the lake-worthy vessel, which measures (12feet) 3.6 metres long.
To ensure it didn’t capsize, a keel of wood was added underneath the boat, while a polystyrene block supporting the pyramid of paper was added for safety.
Ridged paper in the base of the boat created a platform strong enough for someone to stand on. Pupils from Tottenham UTC school helped to launched the giant paper construction on Southwark Boating Lake in South London to mark the 50 day countdown to the annual Big Bang Fair, which promotes careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The project was intended to show them that even the humble paper boat can be super-sized using engineering techniques capable of making it strong enough for a human.
Morwenna Wilson, an award-winning engineer who is a direct descendent of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, captained the boat on its maiden voyage.
The craft stayed in the water for two hours and is still intact, despite having a soggy bottom – but no-one is sure exactly how long it could survive. It is said to have ‘handled like a dream’.
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