Building Bridges: Flinn STEM Design Challenge™, Small-Size Lab Kit
By: The Flinn Staff
Item #: AP10246
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 Kit for 3 Student Groups: Digital teacher and student instructions Balsa and bass wood glue, 1 oz bottles, 3 Balsa wood pieces, ⅛" x ⅛" x 24", 50 Bridge-scaled graph paper Bucket, plastic utility pail Carbon steel wire, galvanized, 12" Foam bases, 14" x 5" x 1", 6 Machine bolt, partially threaded, ⅜-16", 4" Machine screw, hex nut, ⅜-16" Straight pins, pkg/75, 3