- What materials will you need to build your bridge?
- How can you make sure you do not make a big mess while making your bridge?
- Where will you find out how bridges work?
- Using different unconventional materials (newspaper, spaghetti, etc.), challenge your Lair or Patrol to build a bridge that can hold a certain amount of weight.
- Figure out what materials and shapes work best.
- How can you build the strongest bridge using the fewest materials?
- How much weight was your bridge able to hold?
- What could you change to make your bridge hold more weight?
- How does this activity apply to real-life building?
Keep it Simple
- Start small with a toy car challenge. Reusing an old egg carton, a few pencils or sticks, some rubber bands and whatever other materials you have on hand, try building a structure that can support the weight of a small car.
Take it Further
- Don’t stop at a miniature bridge—try making one that can hold the weight of a member of your Patrol! What materials could you use to scale your bridge up to support the weight of a person? Invite an engineer in for advice and ideas!