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Build and Test a Paper Bridge

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Build and Test a Paper Bridge

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:


Materials List (per student)

  • Two wooden blocks
  • sheet of paper
  • coins


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

Informal Categories

  • Model Building


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection:

  • TryScience


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