Bridge Building Competition


  • Test to destruction a bridge built from paper and string

In this exciting group work activity, teams of students compete to build and test to destruction a bridge built from paper and string.

The student brief is to design and build a 1:100 scale model of a footbridge designed to span 120m. Teams must test their bridge by hanging weights from the centre of the span: the team that builds the bridge that can support the greatest weight for the least use of materials is the winner.

The Bridge Building Competition requires a minimum of 1.5 hours to complete in a single session, but the workshop can be extended or broken up in order to build in additional activities.