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Copley Middle School students construct the world's largest tetrahedron

UPublish story by Connie Tyree

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A closeup of the structure details. (Photo courtesy of Jim Kessell)

Shelley Pearsall, a local author, came in to speak with our middle school students. She wrote a book about a Cleveland high school who broke the record for the world's largest tetrahedron. Their tetrahedron was over 8 feet tall. When our principal was asked if we could build a small tetrahedron to welcome Shelley to the school, he said, "why don't you break the world's record?" So, our 5th and 6th graders have been folding and gluing colorful paper tetrahedrons and their parents have volunteered their time to come in and hot glue these together.

We finished a stage seven tetrahedron, with 16,384 tiny pyramids held together with glue. It is sixteen feet tall and fills a corner of our gym. We also filled the center of it with an additional 4,096 pieces.

Shelley Pearsall has verified that we now hold the record for the world's largest tetrahedron.


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