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STEM Activity Challenge: Bridges with Index Cards

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STEM Engineering Challenge: Building bridges takes some engineering!

Are you ready for STEM? It’s exciting, fun, and so full of amazing learning! The inquiry based activities create a learning community where students work collaboratively to solve real problems.

****Please note: This lesson is available in a combination package!

The STEM challenge with this package is a bridge building experience. Students will experiment briefly with supplies to get an idea of how the materials work. For this activity students are building a platform type bridge. It does not have to span an opening gap. Rather this is a task that encourages kids to think of new ways to use materials. I called it a bridge during our discussions with the understanding that a bridge usually spans a gap. However, a platform bridge can do just that! Examples of platform bridges: Walking decks that cover a marsh or bog, backyard decks, and platforms that reach over a stream in your yard. Best of all the materials are simple: index cards. That’s all!

The package includes step-by-step instructions with many hints along the way. One page gives you a materials list and advance preparation steps. Included is a page of possible ways to extend this activity beyond its basic one day use. A page of helpful hints will give you some useful ideas! A page of actual photos of student work is included!

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes: index cards and weights (like pennies).

The package specifically contains pages for: Cover, teacher background, materials and preparations, 4 pages of step by step procedures, extensions ideas page, helpful hints page, 3 pages of photographs, and lab sheets (2 versions), and a credits page. Lab sheets have sample answers. The page count listed includes everything.

STEM Challenges are a great way to get your students involved in their learning! Try this great package- but be prepared! Your students will love it!

This set works great with two other bridge building challenges:
Bridges with Marshmallows
Bridges with Straws and Toothpicks

This challenge is also available in a money-saving bundle:
STEM Challenges- A Bundle of STEM Activities about Bridges

Or, even better this challenge can be found in a money-saving 6-Pack!
STEM Challenges 6-Pack Bundle featuring Bridges and Platforms

You might also enjoy these STEM Challenges:

STEM Challenge- Build a Car!
STEM Challenge: Bubble Making
STEM Challenge: Build a Marble Maze
STEM Challenge – Build a Platform Using Straws
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