Using tape and no more than 20 straws, design a bridge that can span a gap of about 1 foot (at least 25 cm) and support as many pennies as possible.
A take-home that can be sent with patrons that wish to do STEM activities at home. These at-home activities cover similar topic areas as the associated activity and could be handed out at the conclusion of a program or left on a circulation desk for patrons to take home.
|Hints for uses in your library||This activity is adaptable and can be done with other materials that you have on hand, like un-cooked spaghetti noodles.|
Collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, “Galloping Gertie”
Simple Solutions Solve Big Problems — Building a Footbridge. Short Interview with Maria Gibbs
Simple Solutions Solve Big Problems - Building a Footbridge. Long interview with Maria Gibbs
Overnight Bridge Replacement
Museum of Science and Industry
[Suggest a book]
You Wouldn't Want to Work on the Brooklyn Bridge!
Twenty-one Elephants and Still Standing by April Jones Prince
The World's Most Amazing Bridges by Michael Hurley
Bridges! Amazing Structures to Design, Build, and Test
Fabulous Bridges by Ian Graham
A Book of Bridges: Here to There and Me to You by Cheryl Keely
Pop's Bridge by Eve Bunting
Mackinac Bridge: The Story of the Five-Mile Poem by Gloria Whelan
Bridges: An Introduction to Ten Great Bridges and Their Designers by Didier Cornille
The Science of a Bridge Collapse by Nikole Brooks Bethea
Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers
Engineered!: Engineering Design at Work
Engineer Academy, by Steve Martin and Nastia Sleptsova