# Build a Bridge

##### This Build a Bridge lesson plan also includes:

Cost overruns are unacceptable—in the real world and in an engaging activity. Groups of pupils get together to build a bridge out of straws, paper cups, and tape. They keep track of costs ($1,000 for each material) and must stay within a budget of$20,000.

##### Instructional Ideas

• Have a contest to see which group can build a bridge and come in the most under budget
##### Classroom Considerations

• Activity requires a variety of materials
• Learners must be able to calculate costs
##### Pros

• Provides diagrams of various types of bridge trusses
• Describes some engineering and science connections

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