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Experiment – Plastic Straw Bridge Challenge

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Plastic Straw Bridge Challenge

Build a bridge out of straws that holds as much weight as possible.

What You Need

  Plastic straws

  Masking tape

  Scissors

  100 nickels in a plastic cup

  2 desks of equal height

What You Do

1. Sketch out a design of a bridge before building it.

2. Use only scissors to cut the straws. 

3. Use only masking tape to hold the bridge together. 

4. The bridge should span two desks 100 cm apart.

5. Once complete, test the bridge by seeing how many nickels it can hold. 


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Brain Stretch: Try this challenge using another material such as spaghetti!