4. Bridging Understanding with Engineering Activities

engineering activitiesTo understand the engineering concepts behind bridge construction, assign the task of creating a Popsicle-stick version of this modern marvel. While constructing their Popsicle-stick bridges, as outlined by TryEngineering, students will test the strength of their projects by adding different amounts of weight. The ideal bridge will be built using glue and no more than 200 sticks, in fact, teachers should emphasize that the best deigns will use fewer materials, but remain strong. The bridge should span 14 inches and withstand a 5-pound weight for designs made by younger students and 20 pounds for older kids.

They may seem unrelated, but try conducting activity after students have completed the paper airplane activity mentioned earlier to encourage them to look beyond the most common bridge designs they’ve seen in real life and attempt something less conventional.