Building model bridges from balsa wood is a great way to get students engaged in technology, science, and engineering principles. This Getting Started package includes materials for 25 students, testing equipment, and curriculum to get your classroom into bridge building.
Requires sand or weights, foam board, pins, small clips, waxed paper, and tape, sold separately.
Do you have some budding engineers in your home? Use these materials to teach them about tension, force, ratios, efficiency, and truss design as they build and test their own model toothpick bridge.
Includes 800 square toothpicks, 2 oz bottle each of blue and green glue, and the Toothpick Bridges Teacher’s Guide. Requires a hobby knife, waxed paper, tape, and testing device, sold separately.
Bridges and towers support and connect our world in many ways – and understanding these structures will support your child’s learning potential. Building these models incorporates structural and civil engineering concepts. Testing them, however, shows how important good design and construction are!
Includes the Balsa Wood Strips (enough for 10 structures), 32-oz Green Structures Glue, two empty glue bottles with twist-open caps, Model Bridges book, The Pitsco Bridge Book, and Towers book. Requires foam board, pins, small clips such as binder clips, waxed paper, tape, and a testing device, sold separately.
Even young students can learn some of the concepts of engineering used to create fascinating structures and do projects that help them apply the concepts. They will learn about:
The book features 25 hands-on projects and a glossary.
The Timber Cutter is a helpful tool for cutting 1/8" wooden sticks. We recommend it for bridge and tower building as well as other model projects. The see-through safety guard limits finger access to the blade.
A single-edged razor blade provides a clean, accurate cut. Miter marks are molded into the base to use as a reference when making angle cuts. Five extra blades are included. Additional replacement blades sold separately.
This guide is ideal for those teachers who love toothpick bridge activities but need them to cover a greater span of curricula. Covering concepts such as tension, force, ratios, efficiency, and truss design, students learn much more than model building.
The Toothpick Bridges Teacher’s Guide contains ITEEA, NCTM, and NSTA standards addressed; teacher and student instructions for a variety of math, science, and technology activities; pretests and posttests; resource pages; and puzzles. Contains separate activities for middle school and high school students.
Whether your sights are on design, strength, history, symmetry, or construction techniques, this guide helps focus your efforts on using this popular structures activity. In the process, students learn about the strength of materials and types of joints, design concepts, lamination, and efficiency.
The Balsa Bridges Teacher’s Guide contains NCTM, NSTA, and ITEEA standards addressed; teacher and student instructions for a variety of math, science, and technology activities; pretests and posttests; resource pages; and puzzles. Contains separate activities for middle school and high school students.
More than just a resource, this activity guide helps teachers and students bridge the gap between building simple toothpick bridges and mastering the construction of a striking toothpick bridge.
Masterpiece Toothpick Bridges offers key design principles needed to construct an elaborate toothpick bridge, a structure unit with detailed lessons, material selection, building techniques and tips, a research paper assignment, bridge testing – even tips to get the local media to cover the testing event!
Plenty of photos illustrate the details of this black-and-white book.
Balsa wood or basswood strips, individual bottles of colored Pitsco Structures Glue, The Pitsco Bridge Book, student guide sheets – all the materials you need to complete an exciting bridge design and building activity. Packs are available for a class of 10 or a class of 25. Balsa wood strips are 1/8" x 1/8" x 24". Basswood strips are 3/32" x 3/32" x 24". Construction requires hobby knife or Timber Cutter, small clips, foam board, pins, and waxed paper, sold separately.
Need an uplifting activity? Try the Lift Bridge Kit! This kit is a scale model of a bascule bridge – a drawbridge that has a counterweight that continuously balances the bridge span. It is an excellent tool for introducing the concepts of center of balance, equilibrium, and the lever as a simple machine to general science, physical science, or physics students. Kit includes:
HD Bond II, wood glue, or Insta-Cure adhesive (sold separately) is recommended for construction. Scale: 1/130.
This revised guide to design process modeling includes the latest on physical modeling, digital modeling programs, and rapid prototyping processes. This well-illustrated book details many key topics:
With more than 800 photographs and numerous case studies, Designing with Models offers students a clear picture of the value and role of modeling.
American engineer David Bernard Steinman and his associates brought to life more than 400 bridges during his career. The towers of 11 of his more famous achievements – including the Mackinac Bridge – are illustrated here in fine detail.