Engineering Success: The Bridge-Building Journey of Grade 7 Students

September 29, 2023

Kapawe’no First Nation – At Kapawe’no Nêhiyawak School, the Grade 7 class is delving into the unit on structures and forces in their science curriculum. Bridges serve as an excellent real-world example to explore how forces interact with structures and the principles behind designing structures for specific purposes.

For the bridge-building project, students teamed up in groups to engineer and construct bridges. The project stipulated that the bridge must span a 60cm gap and be capable of supporting a 9kg weight, all while being constructed from only 200 popsicle sticks and glue.
Upon completion, the bridges underwent a weight test. Remarkably, every group succeeded in building a bridge that not only met the minimum weight requirement of 9kg but some even exceeded expectations by holding over 30kg!

Last modified: October 2, 2023

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