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A bridge-building challenge? The suspension is killing us! We all know that bridges often need to carry tons of weight—literally. Your students have a challenge: using only paper, create a bridge that can span a given distance and support more than its own weight. Students will explore the strength of paper and learn about the shapes that make for strong buildings and compete to see whose bridge can hold the most weight.

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experience: Learning Labs
grade: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
NGSS: Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science, ETS1: Engineering Design, ETS1.A: Defining and Deliminiting an Engineering Problem, ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions, ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution