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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Material properties, strength, weight

Introduction

Bridges come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. What makes a bridge the strongest? Find out in this fun activity as you build simple bridges with paper and test to see how much weight they can hold.

Credits

Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Two thick books or small boxes
  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Coins or other small, heavy objects to use as weights (small rocks, nuts and bolts, etc.)
    Materials for the paper bridge activity.

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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Material properties, strength, weight