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.
Grade 5: Science and Technology – Structures and Mechanisms: Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms
Grade 7: Science and Technology – Structures and Mechanisms: Form, Function, and Design of Structures
Elementary Cycle 3: Science and Technology – Material World: Forces and Motion
Secondary Cycle 1: Science and Technology – The Technological World
Reference the following chaperone guides during your group's visit for tips on how to engage students with the exhibits.
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.
$9.75 per student.
Includes Museum admission.
A minimum fee of $146.25 will be charged per group.