Build and Test a Paper Bridge

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Description

In this hands-on activity, learners make a bridge out of a folded piece of paper and two blocks. Then they test their structure by stacking coins (and other things) on it, discovering how much weight the bridge can support before it collapses. This activity explores engineering, technology, architecture, weight, compression, tension, and balance.

Quick Guide

  • Preparation Time: Under 5 minutes
  • Learning Time: 5 to 10 minutes
  • Estimated materials cost: $1 - $5 per student
  • Age Range: Ages 4 - 14
  • Resource Type: Activity
  • Language: English

Materials List (per student)

  • Two wooden blocks
  • sheet of paper
  • coins
Subjects

Informal Category

  • Model Building

Subjects

  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Architectural Engineering
    • Technology
      • Construction
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving
Audience

To use this activity learners need to

  • touch

Learning styles supported

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities
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New York Hall of Science

Rights

All Rights Reserved, New York Hall of Science, ©1999

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