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Build and Test a Paper Bridge


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    New York Hall of Science

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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:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Two wooden blocks
  • sheet of paper
  • coins

Subjects


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

Informal Categories


  • Model Building

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • touch

Learning styles supported:

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

Other


Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Source Collection:

  • TryScience

Rights:

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

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