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Engineering and Building Bridges
An Activity for Preschoolers:
A STEM activity that promotes engineering skills.


Before You Begin:
Provide an opportunity for children to talk about bridges and how they support cars when they span a body of water or a ravine. Show them some pictures.


Activity Goals:
Help children develop organization and planning skills.
Practice experimentation and making a hypothesis.


Furthermore:
You can challenge the children to make the bridge strong enough to hold even heavier objects. Have the children continue to add small items on the bridge and discover how much it will hold.




Place blocks, paper, crayons, and cars in front of children and challenge them to build a bridge that the cars can drive across.
Encourage the children to work together on their planning and building, with everyone having a job to do.
Encourage the children to make a plan before they begin building.
Have the children build the bridge, making adjustments when necessary. Have them test the bridge with the car.
Discuss what they learned and how the designs were altered.



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