Paper Bridge Materials Challenge
- Understand that different materials have different properties.
- Interpret the results of an experiment to determine which material is best suited for a certain purpose.
Steel, concrete, wood—real bridges are built from many different materials. How do engineers decide which materials to use? In this activity, your students will expand on the previous paper bridges lesson plan by building and testing bridges made from different materials.
NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
This activity was inspired by Prof. Margot Vigeant of Bucknell University.
Construction paper, aluminum foil, wax paper, card stock, small books or boxes, pennies, tape and a ruler.
For each group of students:
Area of Science
Material properties, strength
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