Bridge The Gap

Activity Summary

Students will design and build a bridge that can hold a cup of marbles without breaking or collapsing.

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Required Materials

  • paper
  • pencil
  • 50 plastic drinking straws
  • roll of scotch tape
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • 100 marbles (1 set for class)
  • cup (to hold marbles)
Before the activity, set up two desks, chairs, or tables about 10 inches apart. This is where the bridges will be set for testing the load of marbles.

Standards Covered

NGSS Standard(s): 3-ETS1-1, 3-ETS1-2, 3-ETS1-3, 3-PS2-1, 4-ETS1-1, 4-ETS1-2, 4-ETS1-3, 5-ETS1-1, 5-ETS1-2, 5-ETS1-3

CCSS Standard(s): 4.G.A.1, 4.G.A.3, ELA, Math, MP.2, MP.5, W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1