Bridge builders

Bridge builders School Programs

Program Description

Teach students some basic engineering principles through this entertaining hands-on exploration. In this program, students become budding engineers as they design a bridge able to withstand the physical forces acting upon it. They will discover the properties of materials, as well as how these materials respond to forces when they are arranged in various configurations. Working together in teams, students will use their newfound knowledge to design and build a bridge prototype—just like a professional engineer! The program concludes with the testing of each bridge in our bridge-crusher to see how it works in terms of strength and weight.

Curriculum Links

ONTARIO QUEBEC
Grade 5 Science and Technology – Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms Elementary Cycle 3 Science and Technology – Material World (Forces and Motion)
Grade 7 Science and Technology – Form and Function Secondary Cycle 1 Science and Technology – The Technological World

Please see the following document for more detailed curriculum links:

Ontario Québec

Teacher Resources

Before and after your museum visit, consult these activities – specially designed to extend learning in the classroom!

RELATED ACTIVITIES TO DO IN THE CLASSROOM (PDF, 463 KB)

Curriculum-linked scavenger hunt activity. Please download and print the activity booklets before your visit to the museum.

RELATED ACTIVITIES TO DO IN THE MUSEUM (PDF, 1.87 MB)

ANSWERS (PDF, 202 KB)

Teacher Tips

Make name tags to help the museum educator build rapport with students. Students may bring a lunch or purchase one from the museum’s café.

Teachers may preview the museum free of charge at any time, by presenting proof of their teaching status at the admission desk.

Consider familiarizing your group with our site with these tips to help plan your visit or by downloading a PDF document and PowerPoint presentation available below.

DOWNLOAD INFORMATION FOR PLANNING YOUR VISIT (ZIP, 6 MB)

Fees

$9 per student.
Includes Museum admission.
A minimum fee of $135 will be charged per group.

CSTM
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Grade Level:
Grade 5 - Grade 7 (Ontario)
Elementary Cycle 3 - Secondary Cycle 1 (Quebec)
Fee
$9 per student
Duration
75 minutes
Dates Offered
September to May
Max Group Size
30
Program Location
At the Museum