A spaghetti noodle can be stronger than expected when curious and creative minds apply engineering design principles to build them into bridges. Students in Ms. Jones’s grade 6 science class are competing in teams to design and build the strongest spaghetti bridge.
First, they studied the three types of bridges: arch, beam and suspension bridges. Then they learned about piers, abutments and trusses, before diving into teams and designing bridges that they will test for strength next week.
Bridges are required to be at least 25 centimeters long, span a gap ten centimeters wide and will be tested for weight-bearing ability and design when they are completed next week.