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Span-tastic Bridges Activity

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Participants use commercially available building sets to “go long” or “reach high” with their own designs for model bridges.

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Hints for uses in your library Encourage participants to give each other ideas or extra pieces – or even to combine their designs into one bridge!
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Originating Source National Center for Interactive Learning
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Span-tastic Bridges Activity

Span-tastic Bridges Activity

Participants use commercially available building sets to “go long” or “reach high” with their own designs for model bridges.