Design and build a bridge that spans between desks while learning the advantages of various bridge types!
Budding engineers work together in small groups to learn how to identify and construct a beam, arch, and suspension bridge using the supplies in this bridge kit. Start lessons by positioning 2 chairs, desks, or tables 30" to 34" apart. Then, students can start building using a balsa wood set and steel plate. After creating the structures, they test the strength of each bridge by suspending beanbags from the structure. Through the process, students discover which style of bridge is best suited to span the distance between the two desks. More advanced lessons also show students how tension, compression, and force are dispersed across bridges and how it impacts their structural integrity. Included lesson direction is adaptable to Grades K-4 and 5-8 and details setup instructions, activities by grade level, learning objectives, and teaching suggestions to expand lessons.
Individual Kit includes 1 balsa wood building set, steel plate, glue, and 4 beanbags. The Class Set includes 4 balsa wood building sets, 4 steel plates, glue, and 4 beanbags. Recommended for Elementary and up.