When I was in 5th grade I was in an afterschool club called Makerspace. Makerspace is a club where you can make digital games or you can create something with your hands. One day my Makerspace teacher showed us this really cool thing that you can make using paper engineering. It was a bunch of paper strips that you connect and you can basically push them in and out. Then I realized that if I made two of them and connected them to two boards it would be a spring.
After that idea of making a spring things moved pretty smoothly after that. I easily made the two paper push things. It was also a breeze making the two boards. Then things started going wrong when I had to connect the paper pushees to the boards. I couldn’t glue or tape because the paper pushees wouldn’t be able to move. I tried soooooo many things and nothing worked. I was on the verge of giving up when I finally got a good idea. I was looking for pictures of spring on the internet and in one I saw a bar at the bottom that my paper pushees could slide through. So I tried doing that out of paper and it finally worked!! It wasn’t a very good spring but it was a working one!