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Mind the Gap: Building Bridges

How do bridges stay up? Discover the key principles of bridge design in this interactive workshop.

Building bridges

What do you need to know to build a bridge? Find out how designers and engineers come up with their ideas—and then test your knowledge as you construct your very own bridge.

An introduction to bridges

A member of the Locomotion learning team will deliver an interactive presentation explaining the history and development of bridge design.

Bridge Designs

A member of the Locomotion learning team will demonstrate how several different bridge types are constructed, including arch, suspension, cantilever and girder. 

Designing bridges

In smaller groups, children will have the chance to design their own bridges, using special bridge-building kits and the knowledge acquired from the previous two tasks.

Building and testing

Once the bridge designs are complete, all bridges will be built—and then tested to destruction.

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