Bridges, Buildings and Beyond Activity Packet: Grades 6-8

Pour a solid foundation of engineering into the minds of future engineers. Scholars take part in three activities to learn about civil engineering. They build a model of a cable-stayed bridge, conduct an experiment to see the effects of liquidation after an earthquake, and design a paper structure strong enough to hold up a textbook.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have a contest to see which group's bridge holds the most weight
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires building materials, such as PVC poles, for some of the activities
  • It is helpful if learners have a basic understanding of force
  • Provides definitions of relevant terminology
  • Includes detailed instructions with pictures and diagrams
  • None