This activity is really fun to do with students. It provides an engineering and design challenge.
This is an open ended challenge will provide an opportunity for students to grapple and build up grit.
This was originally designed as a Hyperdoc but can also be used as a standalone worksheet. I've also include a Word version so you can taylor this challenge to your classroom needs. In addition, you'll find a rubric that can be used to assess student work.
You can find an excerpt of the overview and purpose below.
The gravitational force on an object is it’s weight. Some materials are better at supporting weight than other materials. The strength of a material depends both on its shape and what it is made of. Some shapes help spread out the force due to the weight of a load more than other shapes.
A bridge is designed to support both itself and an added load. Engineers designing a bridge must take into account such factors as the load the bridge must carry and the cost of building materials. Some shapes increase the load that a bridge made of a certain material can carry. In this lab you will...
Design and build a bridge from a single piece of paper that is capable of supporting at least 100 pennies.
Test your design to see if it can support twice the load that it was designed for.