Bridge Building STEM Challenge FREE

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NGSS: 3-5ETS1-1 Are you interested in learning more about using the design cycle with STEM? Check out this FREE STEAM CHALLENGE! The science research project guides students through engineering design process to create a bridge model, test strength and report findings.

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This Bridge STEM Unit Includes:

Note to Teacher: STEAM Philosophy & Supply Suggestions

Student Direction Page:

The presented scenario sets students up to model of a bridge to replace an old bridge across the river in their town.

Investigate: Research Types of Bridges

Graphic Organizer- truss, beam, suspension, and arch

Plan: Bridge Design Sketch

After investigation the characteristics of bridges, students draw a plan for a model.

Improve Design: Collaboration Brainstorm

Students brainstorm new ideas with a classmate using a graphic organizer.

Evaluate: Competition Data

Evaluate: Bridge Reflection Report

Engineering Design Cycle Reflection: 2 Versions

Students will reflect about what they did as they worked through each part of the engineering design cycle.

6 Venn Diagrams:

Students will use understanding of bridge types to complete Venn Diagrams.

Grading Rubric:

The grading rubric allows teachers to assess how students used and applied their knowledge of a type of bridge to plan, create, and reflect on their model.

Bridge Showcase: Voting slips and certificates

Organizer: Types of Bridges

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Solid Figure Bridge Support Challenge

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Bridge Building Competition Challenge

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Total Pages
28 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.


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