Build A Treetop Walkway

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Build and test a scale model of a rainforest canopy walkway. Rainforest researchers must consider materials, transportation, and cost so they don't damage the fragile canopy environment as they study it. You'll 'carry in' your supplies, build a model bridge, then test it to see how much weight it can support. This activity is also available as an online simulation. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Activity write-up only, images are unavailable.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • 20 craft/popsicle sticks
  • 6 feet of heavy thread or light string
  • 6 paperclips
  • 20 toothpicks
  • 6 straws
  • 2 chairs


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Architectural Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
    • Technology
      • Construction
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Human Impact
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology

Informal Categories

  • Model Building
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • TryScience