McLean students build bridges with buddies

McLean students celebrate after seeing their creation was strong enough to hold a brick.
McLean students celebrate after seeing their creation was strong enough to hold a brick.

McLean students learned the basics of engineering and teamwork during the school-wide Buddy Bridges project. Teams of students in primary grades were paired with their buddies from upper grade levels to design and build bridges using paper, tape and popsicle sticks. Their bridges were required to have an expanse of 12 inches and hold 1 kilogram. If their designs were successful, they were challenged to see if their creations could hold a brick without falling down.

The student teams designed on paper what they wanted their bridges to look like based on engineering principles they learned in class. Many teams made modifications to the designs as they put their bridges together and learned which ideas worked and which ones didn’t.

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