Building Bridges: Flinn STEM Design Challenge™, Full-Size Lab Kit, Refill
By: The Flinn Staff
Item #: AP10168
In the Building Bridges Flinn STEM Design Challenge™ for physical science and physics, design and build a balsa wood bridge using only wood and glue. Compete with others to build a bridge that supports the largest amount of weight.
Bridges have been around for thousands of years, some as simple as a fallen tree over a creek and others as complicated as the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. In this challenge, students design and build a balsa wood bridge using only wood and glue. Their goal is to build a bridge that supports the largest amount of weight. Tasks include designing blue prints, building within specific criteria and constraints and completing construction on time. Students will love this activity while learning about forces and making models along with the value of teamwork and determination!
Weights are required and available separately.
Materials Included in Refill Kit for 6 Student Groups: Balsa and bass wood glue, 1 oz bottles, 6 Balsa wood pieces, ⅛" x ⅛" x 24", 100 Bridge-scaled graph paper Bucket, plastic utility pail Carbon steel wire, galvanized, 12", 2 pieces Foam bases, 14" x 5" x 1", 12 Machine bolts, partially threaded, ⅜-16", 4", 2 Machine screws, hex nut, ⅜-16", 2 Straight pins, pkg/75, 6