Bridge Building Workshop
Learn bridge engineering in classrooms
This workshop contains hands-on practical work to understand concepts in bridge engineering. It's one of our most popular workshops and covers various bridges, such as arch, beam, cantilever, suspension, and truss bridges. Students will also learn how load transfers occur in bridges and how to design a stable bridge.
Primary: 3 x 1.5hrs
Secondary: 5 x 1hr
(25-30 students per session)
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Year 2 - Year 13
KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
We will start the day with a demonstration to paper bridges. Students will learn how to design a strong paper bridge.
Students will be challenged to design a bridge using modelling parts to meets a given specification. They will have to produce calculations and use problem solving skills to complete the task.
Students will learn how adding trusses to bridges can make them stronger with our models.
Typical Workshop Day*
- Demo - We will start the day with a short demonstration to paper bridges. Students will learn how folding a paper can increase it's stiffness and ability to hold a heavier weight.
- We will briefly cover 7 different types of bridges (such as arch, beam and cantilever bridges) that exist in the real-world. Additionally, we will discuss how load transfer occusrs in some of these bridges.
- Practical - We will handout bridge modelling parts to students and challenge them to build a bridge to hold a weight of 2kg. Students will have to complete calculations to ensure it meets a given specification. We will then test each of the bridges built by students.
- Demo - We will end the day with a short demonstration of how adding trusses to structures make them stronger and the load transfer that occurs in truss bridges.
*The workshop content may vary for each year group from the above example.
"My favourite workshop. The speaker was very enthusiastic and was able to answer loads of questions."
"It was fun and engaging. I like the problem solving aspect of this."
Seaford College Students