Bridge Project

Explore topics at play in real-life bridges be fore building a model of your own!
Civil Engineering
Estimated Length:
3 hours


Rules / Specifications

    • Bridge must be 'Truss Style'
    • Must span river shown in Video 1
    • No stacking more than 2 pieces together
    • Calculate structural efficiency


    1. Intro Video

    The intro video explains some background of the bridge project and how it relates to the real world.

    2 min

    2. Academic Video

    We use fun demonstrations to teach about different topics at play in bridges such as Force, Stress, & more!

    2 min

    3. "How To" Video

    Tune into the how to video to find tips, examples, and even obstacles to avoid when designing and building your bridge.

    3 min

    4. Testing & Evaluating

    In this video, we walk you through just how to go about testing your bridge when you are all finished building!

    2 min

    5. Bonus Video

    Tyler Bell from CVL Engineering shares his story about why he wanted to become a civil engineer and what he does now!

    1 min
    Questions? Please email to see sample lesson plans and more!



    Disciplinary Core Ideas


    AZ ELA / Literacy

    5.W.7 , 5.W.8

    AZ Mathematics

    4.MP.2 , 4.MP.4 , 4.MP.5 , 3-5.OA

    21st Century Skills

    Learning Skills, Literacy Skills, Life Skills


    Scientific & Engineering Practices
    1.6-8-B1.6-8-C, 2.6-8-A, 2.6-8-C3.6-8-B, 4.6-8-C