Bridges STEM Challenge

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Bridges STEM Challenge

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Subjects: Engineering Design, Physical Science, Graphing, Applied Math, Ratios

Grades: 6th - 12th 

Resource Type: Stage 2, Engineering Design Challenge

Teaching Duration: 3 hours

Total Pages: 33

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Students use the engineering design process and explore compression and tension forces in bridges while building their own bridge! This challenge also highlights Emily Roebling, the first woman field engineer who was instrumental in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. History, science, engineering, literature(optional), and math-- it is all included along with teacher instructions and student handouts. 

This hands-on activity is an engaging design challenge that allows students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect math topics to real-world applications. As a student-driven assignment, the purpose of the teacher is to act as a facilitator. You will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building a bridge to hold a cup of pennies. Our students have loved this activity, and we know yours will too! 

  • Detailed teachers guide with links to resources
  • Student handouts to guide them through the design process
  • Student recording sheet for each step of the process
  • Math connection problems including rates, graphing, ratios, measurements, area, and unit conversions (in both SI and metric units).

Top Reviews

I really appreciate all the details and suggestions. Thanks for another great STEM project. -Vicky L.

Loved this activity! I used this for a math lesson since it included the math problems about average cost at the end of the unit. Thanks for a great stem project! -Meghan F.