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Suspension Structures Elementary STEM Unit (Grades 3-5)

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$1,295.00 (USD)
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The Elementary STEM Units include cross-curricular activities and experiments that teach concepts in math, science, technology, and language arts. In today’s classroom, flexibility is key, and these STEM Units were created to be easily set up and adaptable.

Suspension Structures is a two-week Elementary STEM Unit in which students work in teams of two to four to learn about suspension bridges. Students learn about tensile strength, investigate fibers and threads, and, for their challenge, build a suspension bridge.

Each unit comes with a unit guide, teacher notes, scope and sequence, teacher’s guide, student pages, assessments, and all the materials needed for a class of 24 students.

Note: If purchasing all Grades 3-5 Structures units, it is recommended that they be completed sequentially: Bridge Structures, Cantilever Structures, Suspension Structures, and then Arch Structures. The Structures Engineering Challenges Unit can be completed in a stand-alone manner.


Type: Multi-Student STEM Units and Courses Grades: 3-5
SKU: W41811


What You'll Get

  • 24 Finding Out About Structures student books
  • Finding Out About Structures teacher book
  • Suspension Structures Unit Guide
  • 6 Bridges flash card sets
  • 12 rulers
  • 6 rolls of string
  • 60 chipboard sheets
  • 12 masking tape rolls (1/2")
  • 12 packages of modeling clay
  • 100 wood square sections
  • 100 card corners
  • 600 screw eyelets
  • 2 gallons of wood glue
  • 12 empty glue bottles
  • 90 glue slugs
  • 3 glue guns
  • 6 quick-release clamps
  • 6 rotating table vises
  • 12 Lynx jointers
  • 6 Mini Easy Cutters
  • 24 safety glasses
  • 3 digital scales
  • 37" storage tube
  • 3 storage bins with lids


Learning Values

  • Forces
  • Observation and data
  • Compression
  • Problem-solving
  • Construction techniques
  • Materials and processes
  • Design process
  • Designing to specifications
  • Materials strength
  • Angles
  • Measurements
  • Cylinders


  • Students Served: 24
  • Length of Unit: 2 weeks
  • Subject Area Focus: Physical science