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Build your own bridge with a real-life engineer!

Build your own bridge with a real-life engineer!

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Watch the video to work with Jasmine, an Electronics Engineer to learn more about bridges – their different structures, shapes and materials used to build them.

Think about these questions before watching:

  • What is engineering?
  • Do you know any famous engineers? Think about movies where
  • characters create things…
  • What kind of engineers build bridges?
  • Why do we need bridges?

You will need:

  • The most important thing you will need is 2 structures with at least a 30cm gap, maybe you could set up two chairs!
  • Items that can be found around your house to make a bridge…get inventive! Try out different structures and materials
  • Pencil/Pen
  • Notebook
  • Ruler
  • Bridge knowledge…check out the video to help with this!
  • Scissors
  • A helping hand

Some ideas for things you could use:

  • Tape
  • Elastic bands
  • Safety pins
  • Rope
  • Paper clips
  • Cutlery
  • Plastic bags
  • Stationery
  • Recycling
  • Be as creative as you want!

Hints from Jasmine:

  • Plan first - it is important to plan what you will build beforehand.
  • Research strong shapes, check out the video for bridge types.
  • Test the strength of materials before building.
  • When built, test the strength of your bridge.
  • Remember! This is an experiment if your bridge breaks you will have learned about the materials you have used. This is what happens in real-life engineering!

Show us your engineering work. Send a photo to askanambassador@canterbury.ac.uk to get feedback from an engineer, or tag us on Twitter @STEMHUB_SE


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