STEM Activity Challenge: Bridges with Straws and Toothpicks

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STEM Engineering Challenge: Can you build a bridge using only a few supplies and have it hold weight?

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

Another great STEM Challenge!

STEM activities incorporate so many things- beyond Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math! Inquiry based teaching creates a learning community where students work collaboratively to solve real problems.

This STEM activity is a building experience. Students have specific supplies and must construct a bridge that will support weight.

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 lots of useful ideas! Two pages of actual photos of bridges being built is included!

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes: paper clips, straws, toothpicks, index cards, scissors, and weights (like pennies).

The package specifically contains pages for: Cover,Teacher background, materials and preparations, 3 pages of step by step procedures, extension ideas, 2 pages of helpful hints, 2 pages of photographs, 2 versions of a lab sheet with sample answers, and a credits page. The page count listed includes everything.

This STEM challenge is a terrific way to get kids engaged with hands-on work! The critical thinking and teamwork are amazing!

This set works great with two other bridge building challenges:
Bridges with Index Cards
Bridges with Marshmallows

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

If you are looking for a very simple, easy materials bridge using straws, try this one:
STEM Activity Challenge Simple Bridges with Straws

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STEM Activity Challenge: Bridges with Straws and Toothpicks
STEM Activity Challenge: Bridges with Straws and Toothpicks
STEM Activity Challenge: Bridges with Straws and Toothpicks
STEM Activity Challenge: Bridges with Straws and Toothpicks