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Bridges STEM Unit

SKU: W39854
$2,595.00 (USD)


This three-week unit bridges the gap between construction and engineering. Students start by constructing toothpick bridges and testing them to the point of destruction. Then, they use this data to calculate each bridge’s efficiency. Moving on to the more detailed balsa bridge construction, students learn about material strength. As the culminating activity, students design and build a bridge to strict specifications with the goal of holding the maximum load possible.

Have a class of more than 24 students? No problem! Four-student add-on packages are available.

Interested in purchasing storage for your STEM Unit? We recommend the addition of one Jumbo Blue Bin and 12 Standard Gray Bins to help make storing your STEM Unit supplies a breeze!


Type: Multi-Student STEM Units and Courses Grades: 6-8


What You'll Get


Learning Values

  • Compression
  • Forces
  • Variables
  • Tension
  • Attributes of design
  • Construction techniques
  • Environmental perspectives
  • Testing
  • Modeling
  • Civil engineering
  • Data collection
  • Designing to specifications
  • Destructive testing
  • Materials strength
  • Geometry
  • Calculating efficiency
  • Measuring mass
  • Variables
  • Ratios


  • Students Served: 24
  • Length of Unit: 3 weeks
  • Tools and Materials Required: Digital scale, calculator, ruler, safety glasses

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