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Y4 Building Bridges (STEAM Project)

posted 25 Mar 2020, 03:40 by Richard France
The week before 'everything changed', Y4s took part in the Dendrite 'Build to the Line' bridge building challenge.  During the week, we thought about strong shapes and strong structures, studied some famous bridges around the world, and learned how to fold and join corrugated cardboard using plastic screws and hooks.

Then, on Friday, we worked in groups to try and construct successful bridges.  They had to be at least 2 metres long, 25cm from the ground all the way across, between 15-25cm wide and be able to hold at least 500g in the middle.  Oh, and no piece of card could be longer than 1 metre.  What a challenge it was!

As you can see from the photos, we had many, many designs and ideas.  The children worked fantastically in their groups - cooperating, sharing ideas and tools, and supporting each other all the time.  Most groups found they needed to have some sort of suspension system in place to enable the middle of the bridge to maintain the required height.