Design It! Paper Bridges Guide

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Introductory engineering experiences for after school programs and elementary school students (ages 8 to 12). Funded by the National Science Foundation and developed by Education Development Center, Inc.

Design It! includes a guide for each project and a special guide for implementing all of the projects. These extended projects allow for the development of basic engineering principles (such as troubleshooting and optimization), exemplify the design process and promote problem solving and creativity.

Paper folded or rolled into columns and beams can be surprisingly strong. Through exploring the simplest type of paper bridges, children discover that they can make very strong structures with very limited materials. As they continue to take on more and more difficult bridging challenges and learn more about the capabilities of their materials, they gradually uncover a number of simple principles of bridge building. Instructional Material, 67 Pages.