Bridge Building Bonanza: Which Design Wins?

Before You Start

 

ACTIVE TIME:
45 minutes to 1 hour

TOTAL PROJECT TIME:
45 minutes to 1 hour

KEY CONCEPTS:
bridges, forces, loads, civil engineering

Introduction

 

Have you ever ridden in a car driving across a suspension bridge? Suspension bridges, with their tall towers, long spans and gracefully curving cables, are beautiful examples of the work of civil engineers. How do the cables and towers carry the load that is on the bridge, which includes you and the car you are in when you cross the bridge? Can a suspension bridge carry a greater load than a simple beam bridge? You can try to answer these questions in this science activity!

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Credits

 

Teisha Rowland, PhD, Science Buddies

 

This activity is not appropriate for use as a science fair project. Good science fair projects have a stronger focus on controlling variables, taking accurate measurements, and analyzing data. To find a science fair project that is just right for you, browse our library of over 1,150 Science Fair Project Ideas or use the Topic Selection Wizard to get a personalized project recommendation.

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