Build A Bridge - DuPage Children's Museum | STEM Labs

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Build A Bridge

Students will learn about Iggy Peck, the architect, one of the beloved characters from Andrea Beaty’s Questioneers book series. They will then help Iggy’s class solve a problem by planning, building, and testing their own bridge design.


Student Challenge:

Explore the idea of the Engineering Design Cycle by being introduced to various real life engineers from around the world. Engage in the Engineering Design Cycle by designing and testing a bridge that helps Iggy Peck’s elementary school class get off an island and back to school.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Make observations of bridge designs to explain how the different structures provide stability and strength. 
  • Design a bridge that can withstand various forces and serve as a solution to a specific problem.


NGSS Connections:

Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) – PS2.A: Forces and Motion

Science & Engineering Practices (SEP) – Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Crosscutting Concepts (CCC) – Structure and Function


Cross-Curricular Connections:

  • NGSS Engineering Standards – ETS.1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
  • Common Core Math – MP.3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others 
  • Social Emotional Learning – 2A: Recognize the feelings and perspectives of others / 2C: Use communication and social skills to interact effectively with others



DCM Educators will bring out an Iggy Peck Bridge Testing Site, modeled after the scene in Andrea Beaty’s book, Iggy Peck Architect. Each student will receive individual materials to create a bridge design that meets specific specifications.


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1 session, 60 minutes


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Cost per Classroom (up to 30 students)

  • At DCM* – $250
  • In Your Classroom – $350
    (additional cost for schools greater than 20 miles from DCM)

* Include a Field Trip with your Arts & STEM with DCM Lab!
An additional $9.50 per student


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